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iPad: Creation versus Consumption


What type of iPad user are you?

Do you mostly use your iPad for consumption purposes or creation ones? I would argue that the vast majority of the public will fall into the consumption category. There is no doubt that the iPad is an amazing consumption device. With apps such as YouTube, iBooks, Safari, iTunes tv shows and movies, and all the various “reader” type apps, one could stay on the iPad all day gaining information, or simply being entertained. People are cutting the cord on cable, choosing instead to stream their tv shows through outlets like Hulu (US only) and Netflix.

Most of the people I know who own an iPad will fall into the above category. They love their iPads to view photos (taken on their other cameras), read ebooks, or even undergo professional development through learning networks through blogs, Twitter and other social media outlets.

I would consider my iPad usage as 60% consumption 40% creation. Think about how it divides for you.

I would encourage all of you who own an iPad to try to increase your iPad “creation” use. Learn something new and go with it. Once you complete it, share it with your network of friends and co-workers. Become and expert in one or more of the following examples of using the iPad for creation:

  • Film and fully edit a video on iMovie: Film your students as they do oral presentations, or take videos during field trips and document it with an edited video;
  • Create a song through Garageband. No matter how much (or how little) musical ability you may have, the app makes things super easy. Use your musical creations in the iMovie idea above;
  • Start a blog like this one! Love food or travelling? Document your dining and travelling experiences! This blog has been entirely written on iPad and iPhone, using the WordPress and Blogsy apps;
  • Learn how to edit your photos using photography apps such as iPhoto or Snapseed;
  • Create stunning slideshows using Keynote, use their templates and see how fun and easy it is. Use your edited photos and teach a lesson using your slides;
  • Are you an expert in one or many topics? Share your knowledge through a great new app called Snapguide;
  • Easily create documents with Pages; wow your students' parents with engaging newsletters

Screenshot of Snapseed for iPad ($4.99)


Do you have any other ideas for creation using the iPad? I'd love to hear about them the comments! I will soon be covering these apps in the near future, and how they can best be utilised in the classroom.


17 comments on “iPad: Creation versus Consumption

  1. mccombsb
    May 9, 2012

    Create a photo collage using Collage or Pic Stitch, make a neon ‘painting’ using Glow Draw, scupt using 123D Sculpt, write a comic strip in Strip Design, do a drama using Sock Puppets, compose using Reactable or Pattern Music (in addition to Garage Band!), use Talkapella or Songify to create Study Materials, write and illustrate a story using Storyrobe or SonicPics, make a multimedia illustration using Visualize, share a podcast using AudioBoo, create a step-by-step illustration using Educreations, and write a book using Book Creator.

    • teachingwithipad
      May 9, 2012

      Thanks for replying with so many more ideas and apps! I have tried Songify and the kids loved it! Creating songs by just “saying” a couple sentences was a lot of fun.

  2. cheechakocrafters
    May 9, 2012

    I am a creator…. How about creating music videos with your grandkids… using pics, movies, their own stories.. and ANIMOTO!

  3. cheechakocrafters
    May 9, 2012

    I am a creator…. My grandkids and I create travel journals, tutorials, digital story books…. using APPs like …..
    Evernote, Penultimate, and their favorite….. ShowMe! and they are all under 9!

    • teachingwithipad
      May 9, 2012

      These are great ideas. Thanks for the comment and sharing! Yes, kids learn fast! My 22 month old can already unlock an iPad, find the folder with her apps on it, and change between apps without any help!

  4. Jo
    May 9, 2012

    This whole Mac/PC = content creation and iPad = content consumption dichotomy is false in my opinion. The examples you list are all good to counter-act this myth – and there are many more examples for how the iPad is great for content creation, such as designing your own font or conceptualizing your ideas through mind mapping.

    However, I think what we really have to do is to abandon this dichotomy. When I am reading on my iPad, it is as much content generation (idea creation) as it is content consumption. Also, this whole dichotomy is based on a mis-understanding of what the iPad is, or what it aims to replace (hint: not the PC).

    The big issue is how we are going to integrate the iPad with our other devices in a workflow of content consumption and content creation. And with other devices I am talking not only about the PC, but also analogue technologies such as pen and paper.

    I have written a longer post about these thoughts at http://www.joachim-scholz.com/academipad/2012/04/23/ipad-or-laptop/. Feel free to check it out and leave me a comment what you think.

    • teachingwithipad
      May 9, 2012

      You leave readers with some good things to reflect upon, Jo. Thanks for commenting! Here’s hoping that the pen and paper technology will remain with the kids in the future!

  5. I made a great app for teaching music with the iPad. I’d like to share it with you. Here is a free download code you can redeem in iTunes: P3FAJLM6WW6X. The name is Scale Tapper and it is great education app for teaching scales and chords because it let’s you visualize as well as listen to how music is constructed.

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Steve Lai

Steve Lai

Father. Teacher. Blogger. iPad and iPhone aficionado. Musician.

French teacher by day, father and blogger by night. I love to blog and read tech blogs. I write an iPad blog as it relates to education. I teach young kids the French language and love my job. I play the guitar and piano. I have a beautiful wife and two awesome daughters and a maltese-poodle dog. I love playing roller hockey and taking walks at English Bay in Vancouver. I enjoy traveling and can't wait to bring my daughters to Paris. Canucks are my team, along with the Seahawks.

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