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iPad enters the classroom

3 February 2010 6,306 views 2 Comments

WSJ is reporting that textbook publishers have already signed deals with software companies to bring textbooks to the iPad.  This is a significant development, since textbooks was one area that was not referred to at all in the iPad launch event, and has actually been underplayed in all of Apple’s iPad promotional material.

Microsoft has long wanted to get a foothold in this space, but the lack of a device with a good student user base has stopped progress. Its definitely a question at this point, but the answer seems to be moving towards a ‘Yes’ slowly – Will the iPad transform the classroom?

Some applications which we think are feasible right out of the box:

1. Interactive Textbooks (video, audio, quizzes)
2. Labs / Maths classes for notes, graphs, etc
3. Boon for programming classes (you can use online versions of compilers, great for basic learning)
4. Demos / Homework submissions
5. Classwork / Classroom assignments

Will 2010 be the year the tablet device finally entered the classroom?

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  • junior said:

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  • pnc said:

    eReader for textbooks and multimedia reference books: Check.
    internet access to school online curriculum: Check.
    utilities apps for any academic discipline: Check.
    iWork for claswork productivity: Check.

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