March 3, 2011

Apple iPad 2 Digital AV Adapter biggest advance for educators

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.

7 comments:

Jonathan said...

As a nurse educator, I find this very interesting. Such technology will be helpful in teaching nursing staff, patients, and family members. I am certain that such teaching tool can be used in all parts of the world. I agree that Apple iPad is the biggest advancement for nurse educators. However, I hope that it is user friendly.

Jonathan said...

I find this advancement in technology very interesting. This will be helpful in teaching nursing staffs, patients, and families in providing patient education. I am certain that this tool can be used in all parts of the world, and it will benefit nurse educators. Thank you.

robin said...

New bells and whistles for the nurse educator to drool over and dream about...The biggest problem I face as a nurse educator is the budget issue. Purchasing this computer for faculty members may be a stretch for some colleges/universities, especially with such drastic cuts at the state levels. Even if the faculty could afford this, I do not know too many students who could afford the computer and purchase any apps that might be useful to them in the profession. It would be very nice if the people at APPLE would provide a significant discount to health care instructors/students - what an amazing way to ensure future loyal users!

I do not mean to negate all the wonderful things this new computer can do - I am excited about the innovations, but weary of being shown new computers, simulators, etc. only to be told that there is no money with which to purchase them and no support to teach the instructor how best to utilize them. Anyone have any suggestions?

Jonathan Ramos said...

I agree with you Robin. It would be nice if nurse educators and students can avail of this exciting new gadget. We can only wish ...

suniday said...

As a nurse educator, I see the benefits of an Ipad 2 for nursing students and myself. I would like to utilize them in the classroom, encourage new study techniques and in post clinical conference. However, despite Apple's push to use in education, they aren't supporting educators with a discount. That has surprised me. My community college can't afford to purchase each professor one.

suniday said...

As a nurse educator, I see the benefits of an Ipad 2 for nursing students and myself. I would like to utilize them in the classroom, encourage new study techniques and in post clinical conference. However, despite Apple's push to use in education, they aren't supporting educators with a discount. That has surprised me. My community college can't afford to purchase each professor one.

Brent Thompson, PhD, RN said...

@suniday:
You may want to look at some of my other postings on the issue of cost. Schools spend money on technology all the time. It is up to the faculty and the department administrator to incorporate these technologies into the budget. If a department can budget phones, copiers, paper, and other costs there are ways to fund iPads.

BTW: Apple has only offered discounts to educators on desktop and laptop computers. iPads sell so well, and their margin is small on the base model, so there is little need for them to discount the iPads.

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