Three and half years ago I blogged a review of the various tablet options then available and mused on some possible work related uses. All this time later, and while my work laptop is recovering from a cracked screen I went ahead and bought a hudl2 (after some twitter recommendations and some good online reviews).
@drnickpearce I have hudl1 – love it. Colleague has hudl2 – likewise.
— Craig Russell (@craig552uk) February 12, 2015
Prices for broadly comparable tables (e.g. ipads) have dropped across the board, and whereas the Vega I recommended as ‘good value’ was 200, the hudl2 was 130 (actually 100 as I had a bunch of Tesco vouchers which count double towards one).
The screen is smaller (8.1″ rather than 10″) but again I think this reflects broader trends. The processor power of all the tablets I looked at in 2011 was around 1GHz, whereas my hudl2 is 1.8GHz which isn’t as big an increase as you might expect and there is more RAM (from 512Mg to 2GB).
One of the bigger differences is how I envisage the tablet being used. I noted in 2011 that in every class at least one student was using a tablet, now I would say that usage has increased but is still not ubiquitous, and many will use a laptop in class instead of a tablet. I’ve seen a tablet well used as notes during a presentation, and I’ve heard of a number of apps that students are using to help their studies (e.g. RefMe and Ginger proofreading).
I have still not given as much thought as I would like in how to properly incorporate this into my classroom. Whereas in my last post I focussed on a ‘google jockey‘ my current thoughts are about supporting collaborative annotation of seminar texts (a blog post about this will follow shortly!).