All three devices are moving away from the touch keyboard the way we know it. As I mentioned in the Bento Box article, I like the tactile feel of a nice keyboard, but I was sitting in an ISTEC meeting the other day taking notes on my iPad with the touchscreen keyboard, and I felt this was something I could get used to. This would especially be true if it was not something that I was brought up with.
I was talking with a PYP computer teacher the other day and she was saying that little kids seem to have a much faster learning curve on an iPad versus computers with a traditional mouse and keyboard. This idea led me to thinking about a question posed at the ISTEC meeting, “What are fundamental skills that all students should have by the time they graduate from high-school?” and a group member thought one part of the answer was “touch typing skills”
I wonder if this will actually be a skill set in the future. I guess we will have to just wait and see. In the meantime, I can’t wait to add more new gadgets that make my jaws drop when I see them to this list. Enjoy the earlier jumps and the following video.