As a tool for engaging students in maths tutorials during 2011, the iPad has been a great success. My plan for this year is to use the 3G network in order to avoid the problem of internet availability when moving from house to house.
Over the holidays I put a 3G micro-sim card, purchased from a well known provider for $30, to the test. For this price I had 3GB of data to be used in 30 days.
What will 3GB of data allow me to do during a two week holiday to the New South Wales coast? Read on…
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Everyday I was in touch with my daughter, travelling around Europe, via Facebook messages. I also uploaded images, taken with the iPad, to her Facebook wall.
I used Twitter via the HootSuite app to share my “iPad on holiday” trial by uploading iPad images, sound recordings and a VoiceThread.
On those long evenings, while my husband was on the other end of a fishing rod, I enjoyed catching up on some reading using Evernote, Diigo, Read It Later and Feedly. Please note…real books are the best way to go for tossing into the beach bag and lying around in the sand. I read three great paperback novels and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Surfing the internet for cricket scores, news, fishing tips etc… was a great way for my husband to accept the presence of an iPad on our holiday. As for me, finding new apps, checking and sending emails, adding to my Google calender was all possible with 3G.
I’ve been disappointed by blogging apps until I came across Blogsy. Without stressing too much over how to use it I was able to create and upload a post, including a collage created earlier on the iPad, while sitting by the camp fire.
CREATING WITH SOUND AND IMAGES
Snapseed, a photo enhancing app, was is a joy to use. The iPad isn’t ideal for taking photos while strolling along the beach in bright sunlight. Having said that, a powerful app like Snapseed is perfect for fiddling with images before using them in a creative project.
Images were easy to place in a collage using Frame-Magic or into a slideshow using Animoto.
Much to my delight I was able to create a Voicethread and receive comments by uploading it to Twitter and Facebook.
After a quick play with Book Creator a glossy eBook about my holiday,containing images, text and voice, appeared in iBooks.
Finally, by using SoundCloud I now have an audio recording of bell birds, ocean waves and a thunderstorm to play throughout the year when I’m in need of a holiday. Using the 3G network these recordings were uploaded to Facebook where my daughter, in Paris, could be reminded of her Favorited camping spot.
- after heavy use (which includes Mr18 on Facebook), only 2GB of data was used
- I had fast internet connectivity most of the time
- every app worked as expected
- the iPad needed regular charging in the car
- when working with an iPad in the field take a quality, easy to manage protective cover and cleaning cloth
- the camera is good for recording a trip but I much prefer a quality digital camera for serious photography
- I will investigate the cost of using 3G pre-paid for a year…then give it a go.
Has anyone used the 3G network with their ipad2? Do you think it is a viable option for connecting to the internet and do you have any tips?