ipad vs Kindle Fire Suzan B

Common Core standards
include incorporation of
technology within the
This Webinar includes:
-Classroom work of each mobile learning tool
-Ease of use
-Price points
-Advantages of small mobile classroom labs.
The MOST important
aspect of Mobile
- not about the devices, but
about teaching and learning
within the classroom!
Devices help to facilitate
Both iPad Mini and Kindle Fire are useful in the
Each have different company “ecosystems” that
have both advantages and disadvantages.
iPad: From Os platform
Includes access to HUGE iTunes collection of
applications, music, videos, iUniversity.
iTunes app store has over 700,000 apps for sale
or free.
Kindle Fire controlled by
Amazon Company
Has access to about 50,000 apps available
through Amazon. Some apps will only run on
Kindle Fire, some will only run on the new Kindle
Both iPad Mini and Kindle
Fire are cloud-based in
terms of content.
Advantage of cloud – All apps and other content
is transferable to all devices that use that
“ecosystem.” Example: iPad Mini downloads
are saved through cloud and can be used on the
iPhone, etc…
Apps that are useful in
Kindle Fire apps
World Landmarks Quiz – pictures of buildings and
landmarks – Social Studies
HandyNote – Allows students to make different types
of notes.
StudyDroid – Makes flashcards and provides
database of flashcards from which to choose.
GameScorpion – Flashcard maker and quizmaker
Apps – Cross Platform –
can be used with both
Pulse – news favorites provided in a visual
Pinterest – content-sharing service, social
network, with members “pinning” images,
videos, and other content.
Flipboard – social network aggregation bringing
together world news and social news.
iTunes Store – iPad Mini:
Google Translate – allows students to easily translate many
different languages to English and back.
TapQuiz – World Geography quiz-maker
Pass The Past – Award-winning SOL prep app
MathFlyer – Graphing inequalities- algebra and geometry use
Nearpod – Teacher/Student communication-shared content
Edmodo – allows teachers to create class web site and blog
Price Point of each tool:
Kindle Fire - $199.00
iPad Mini - $329.00
“iPad Mini is like a mini
computer.” from a 13 year
old iPad user/owner.
Ease of Use Each Tool:
Both iPad Mini and Kindle Fire are about the
same size – Real estate of screen is about the
same size.
Both are cloud – based, relatively simple to
transfer content from device to device.
Kindle Fire has no camera
or video.
iPad Mini has both camera and video capability –
so can be used for skyping, presentations, and
iPad is much faster.
Fire runs on Android, but is slower and there is
some lag.
Kindle Fire does have Flash.
iPad Mini does not have Flash.
Some content that uses Flash, thus, won’t be
useable on iPad Mini.
There are multiple dashboards on Kindle Fire –
so content like apps are harder to see quickly.
On iPad Mini the user can see everything at a
Volume Control:
Kindle Fire volume is controlled on the screen.
Can be difficult to get to desired volume.
On iPad Mini – volume control is on both the side
and on the screen. Ease of volume control.
Advantages of small
mobile classroom labs:
Different models have different advantages and
Each has different configurations.
Wealth of lesson-planning possibilities for
mobile classroom labs.
Classroom useage:
Collaborative/Cooperative plans not
necessitating 1:1
BYOD = Bring Your Own Devices
Classroom labs.
Exploring and
devices can be helpful
as we continue to
understand the impact of
mobile learning for both
teachers and students!

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