During live phone calls recently, Craighton gave me a buzz. @Craighton is a great kid, who happens to live fairly close to my house. In fact… he’s BEEN to my house. He was at Gnomedex last year with us, and attended the Hejira concert at my house back in February when Kat was here. Why didn’t he just come on over here to ask his question?
In any case, Craighton called to ask me how I could see the iPad used as an educational tool in schools. An example would be all students being issued an iPad with all of their books loaded right on the device, assignments done and turned in this way and so forth.
I don’t think that iPads (or similar devices) are a great idea for schools. I KNOW they are. I know that several schools already use technology of this sort, and I fully believe that more and more will begin adopting this type of teaching methodology in the near future.
When the iPad was first released, we all thought Apple was smoking something funny when we realized there was no camera. However, think of all the places that would not want a camera… schools, gyms, and even businesses. I believe that the omission of a camera was done specifically with schools in mind.
The iPad is touted as a “media consumption device”. I think Apple is positioning it as THE platform for textbooks and education. As more textbooks step forward to develop things for the iPad, we’ll see more and more of these in the classrooms.
Craighton’s lucky, because his school is already working on getting notebooks for all students. Mark my words, though… nearly all schools will switch to this format at some point in the near future.
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