|iTextbooks on iPads
As society continues to move forward in terms of innovation, technology, and global connectivity, schools are being stymied by relentless cuts to education. This has resulted in the reduction of staff, larger class sizes, lack of follow through to repair aging buildings, and the inability to keep up with purchasing and replacing educational technology. It is essential that we rectify all of the above mentioned impacts of budget cuts, but when it comes to technology the perception is that it is the least important area in which to invest precious funds. This is why the time is now for districts and schools to seriously consider developing a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative. (Read More)
- it won’t fly. Closed platform. I expect Amazon to follow closely with textbook sales for Kindle, app can be loaded on any device. (slaleman)
- Apple has created a closed system. (nashworld)
- Apple’s system fails to take social networking into account. (nashworld)
- “It cuts out anyone who doesn’t have an iPad right off the bat” (nfrenchgillies)
- Steve Job’s said it best in 1996, “What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology.” (lkolb)
- I’m a little worried that textbooks on an iPad will fit in too well with traditional lecture-based teaching. I hope I’m wrong (lkolb)
If you can live with that–and have the finances–then the iPad and textbooks are set to rock your world. Colleague Mike Gras, whom I’ve featured before, makes this assertion about iPads, etc.:
The vision roughly translated – “It is in hands that will not be controlled by you!” So you see, the future is clear. The device of last resort and the one most useful will be student owned and student chosen.
I suspect many a college-age child will be carrying an iPad this Fall, 2012. How quickly will high schools adjust?
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