Myths about iOS products

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On his blog, Learning in Hand, teacher and technology specialist Tony Vincent lists a number of common myths about Apple mobile products such as iPads, iPhones, and iPods. (A similar list could probably be produced about products using other operating systems). Here are the myths that he debunks:

  • iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch do not have user manuals.
  • You have to have a credit card associated with your iTunes account.
  • You can buy an app once and install it on all devices in the classroom or school.
  • Once you fill 12 home screens of apps you cannot install any more.
  • You need a Mac to sync multiple devices.
  • Apps stay open after you leave them and this drains the battery and slows down the device.
  • For longer battery life you should occasionally drain the battery completely.
  • The screen scratches easily.

If you believe any of the above statements, you may want to check out Tony’s explanations of why they are not true. Thanks, Tony. To read the entire post, click here.

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Gary Woodill is a senior analyst with Float, as well as CEO of i5 Research. He has been involved with computers in education since 1974, when he was introduced to the PLATO system for computer-assisted instruction in his master’s studies in educational psychology. In 1984, Gary received a doctorate in applied psychology from the University of Toronto, and in 1993 he co-founded an educational multimedia company that developed educational CD-ROMs for children. In 1998, he designed an adaptable learning management system and has developed more than sixty online courses for various corporate clients. Gary is co-author of Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds and author of The Mobile Learning Edge, both published by McGraw-Hill in 2010. He is also the author of numerous articles, research reports, and white papers on emerging learning technologies.

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On September 23, 2011

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