The announcement of the iPad 2 brought improvements in speed and weight and adds cameras. Those are great but lost in most accounts is the biggest feature for nurse educators, the ability to display apps on an external display. Apple is now offering a Digital AV Adapter for $39. On the iPad 2 this adapter creates a mirror output of the iPad's screen on a flat screen TV that has HDMI. This is a huge step for educators because now all apps can be shown to a classroom in real time on a real iOS device. Nurse educators can teach how to use clinical software in a way never before possible. Up until now only applications with the external-output code could be displayed. Faculty can now walk students through the options of their clinical applications.
|Apple Digital AV Adapter|
This adapter is not just for the new iPad. It will work with the iPod Touch 4th generation, the iPhone 4, and the original iPad (in 720p not 1080i).
Some caveats: The mirroring capability will only work with the new iPad 2. It is not yet clear what can be displayed on the other devices (my guess is just software with the external-output code). You will also need either an HDMI display or a way to convert your HDMI signal to DVI or VGA. DVI, which is used by most modern computer monitors can be displayed with a simple converter/adapter. To use VGA, which most projection LCDs use, requires an additional adapter such as the one available from HP. The reason for the HDMI requirement is due to the ability of HDMI to retain copy protection for videos.
Apple is promoting the iPad as a tool for educators at all levels. The AV adapter will really help nurse educators teach students how to use any of the hundreds of healthcare-related apps that are available for the iPhone and iPad. The adapter should be available on March 11 in the USA.