The iPad was clearly designed with media in mind.
Let me qualify that: The tablet’s strength seems to lie in the area of media consumption rather than production. The average user is much more likely to use it to watch, listen or display previously recorded media than to make his/her own audio-visual works of art. Public perception might be changing and more creative media uses are being seen, however, with the addition of cameras to the iPad 2 and with highly versatile apps like Apple’s own GarageBand and iMovie (only on iPad 2).
The screen resolution and the audio quality are comparable to what you might find in your average laptop, but what sets the iPad apart is its superior portability. Picking up an iPad for the first time can feel like you’re holding in your hand a portable window into a whole different world. There’s something about being able to simply pass a video or slide show around the room or across the table, to put a PowerPoint presentation right into somebody’s hand.
Here are some ways to use the media features of your iPad in ministry settings:
- Create a slideshow of pictures (or a video) of your church’s activities. You can take italong on visits to prospects and show them what your church is like. Show them faces of the people that they will meet, or maybe a video clip of your worship service, so it will feel more comfortable when they visit on Sunday morning. Continue reading