The NMC (New Media Consortium) Horizon Report 2013 lists tablet computing as one of the technology trend. (2013 NMC Horizon Report Higher Education). I have been exploring my tablet device (in my case, iPad mini) and what kind of beneficial features the tablet computing and device can have, compared to the ‘traditional/standard’ computers.
Image from Apple: http://images.apple.com/iphone/business/it/images/deployment_mdm-hero.jpg
Certainly the regulation of the tablet device which only allows users to use one ‘window’), the first impression that I had was the number of software (it’s called ‘apps’) available for tablet devices. Through these apps, I also felt that that accessing to the content in foreign countries and making the use of the content seems to be much easier, compared to standard laptops.
Taking advantage of these apps may be beneficial to enhance the foreign language instruction and classroom activities.
Certainly, the Copyright and Fair use protocol needs to be implemented for the classroom use of these materials. Also, the concept of ‘digital copies’ and ‘licenses’ in the cloud environment need to be further discussed among educators. Nonetheless, the feasibility analysis needs to be conducted as a first step to seek the possibility of technology-enhanced foreign language instruction using the tablet computing. Therefore, this article describes the feasibility of accessing the material at personal level at this point.
So how can I access to the content in the foreign countries? iPad mini can be synced with iTune in the laptop. iTune has the iTune store in which I can access to music, movies, books, apps, in foreign countries. To access to the content in the iTune store, Apple ID is required. I have multiple Apple IDs and each ID associates with different countries. I have my home address in Japan.
When you open iTune and create an Apple ID, there is the setting which allows users to associate the country.
You can also switch the countries by scrolling down to the bottom of the page in iTune store and clicking ‘Change Countries’ or the icon of national flags.
And I have purchased the iTune gift card while I was in Japan so I have some money stored in my account (displayed next to my Apple ID).
Image from Apple: http://images.apple.com/jp/itunes/gifts/images/giftcards_hero.jpg
There are usually 5 computers users can authorize to transfer files between the device and computer.
In addition to iTune store, there are many apps which allow us to access to these contents as well as to take advantage of them. Further investigation will be conducted.