A Few iOS 5 Features to be Excited About for Mobile Learning

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In reviewing some of the new features of the soon-to-be unleashed iOS 5, I ran across a few that got me thinking.

One of the observations I have made about mobile devices, specifically Apple’s, is the dependency on owning a computer. There are a lot of tasks or features that simply are dependent on connecting up to your PC to work the way they should.

There is a new little feature that will come with iOS 5 called PC Free. This will allow independence for all iOS devices. You will no longer need to connect to a PC for things like setup, activation or updates. It also leverages Apple’s recently announced iCloud so you now have complete independence without redundancy.


In a way, mobile just got mobile.

These are two important evolutions in the mobile space. Most devices in the future will not be stand-alone. They will work hand in hand with other devices to become more powerful and make tasks easier. On the other hand, you don’t want devices like your phone or tablet to be dependent on connecting to something to make them useful. I am looking forward to exploring the new iOS and taking advantage of some of the features like these.

Another feature I am very excited about is Twitter integration. I am a Twitter addict, as you may know, so anything that makes it easier to tweet is just fine with me. The fact that I will be able to sign in once and tweet from Safari, Photos, the camera or even directly from YouTube make me all giddy. This feature will allow you to share whatever you are learning about with your network instantly.

Then, add the fact that they have connected my Contacts on my iOS device to Twitter – well, that really makes my life easier. I wonder if I will even need to open the Twitter app anymore.

Now, this next feature… it’s a sweet spot in the learning space. It also goes along with the subject of device integration, a subject I seem to be talking a lot about lately.

Imagine teaching a class or giving a business presentation and sharing whatever’s on your iPad to an HDTV. Everyone in the classroom can see exactly what’s on your iPad display up on the big screen. It will do this by using Apple TV. It’s called video mirroring and is possible now via a cable. It’s now going wireless! This could have a big impact in the classroom, and perhaps my living room. 🙂

Here is some additional reading about iOS 5 in case you are interested in learning more:

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Jeff Tillett

Jeff Tillett has been working with computers and Internet technologies for nearly twenty years starting as a Graphic Designer and Web Developer. A survivor of the Internet boom, Jeff assisted many startups to successfully build business and ecommerce ventures. His first involvement in instructional design was as a developer for a distance learning Internet start-up. There Jeff and his team crafted a custom LMS as well as all of the content that went in it. Discovering he had a passion and knack for learning design, Jeff has worked for a number of companies as an Interactive Learning Developer and Instructional Designer including T-Mobile USA and Microsoft. At T-Mobile, Jeff lead a group known as the Innovation Team that advocated and piloted emerging learning technologies for the organization. There he built expertise in mobile delivery and design and bring that knowledge to Float as a Mobile Learning Strategist.

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On August 26, 2011
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2 Responses to A Few iOS 5 Features to be Excited About for Mobile Learning

  1. gmc says:

    In an apple obsessed world it is disheartening to see articles like this fail to acknowledge that these wonderful new features in ios5 are neither new nor wonder inspiring. Android has been free of cables and synch requirements since its commercial launch. The wireless streaming of content to an hdtv has been possible on htc android devices for a while now with a streaming receiver they sell.

    Let’s acknowledge both major operating systems in the space please and perhaps as a result we might see the next os update feature some real innovation instead of these pretend `new` features

  2. Chad Udell says:

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, while I agree that these features are not new to the mobile space in general, they are indeed new to iOS. With the current marketshare Apple commands these days these features will indeed be new to millions of users.

    A parallel that could be drawn would be once-luxury vehicle features such are Electronic Stability Control, heated seats or integrated Bluetooth. Those features had been basically standard in BMW or Mercedes for years and now they are “new” features to the average vehicle buyer. Now as to the point whether the Apple device or the Android device is the luxury car, I will leave that cussion fro another blog post. 😉

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