Wednesday, 14 March 2012
What does iPad 3's release mean?
I've often wondered with all the capabilities that the iPad has, why don't more schools invest in using the iPad as a learning tool. There are so many different programs and apps that are available on iPads that could significantly enhance students learning, not to mention that more and more textbooks are becoming available via iPad. (Check out some of the textbooks apple presently offers) I recently had a discussion with my dad (who is a the Principle of High School) why we haven't seem much of a push to use iPads within classrooms. He told me that this was something he very much wanted to see in our schools today, but there was just one problem, they cost far too much to be able to supply an a 1-1 ratio for iPad to students in the schools. At the time I asked him this question, basic iPad 2's were about $499.99, which would cost the average High School about $400,000.00. With a price tag like this I can understand why we don't see more iPads in schools let alone a 1-1 ratio. However with the recent release of the iPad 3, the price of iPad 2's have dropped almost 25% with the basic iPad 2 cost between 299.99 and 399.99. With the dropping price of iPads, I believe the "It cost's too much" excuse is starting to become a moot point.
While writing this blog post I did a bit of googling and stumbled upon a great article that addresses what the future might hold in regards to students learning with the iPad. The article looked at what effects the release of the iPad 3 might have on schools today as well as an in depth interview with Vineet Madan, The Vice President of New Ventures for McGraw Hill Education. I believe Vineet Madan said it best, “There’s never been a better time to be a student, whether that’s K through 12 or in higher education,”
What do you guys think? Do you think that the release of the iPad 3 and the lowered prices of iPad 2 will have an impact on the amount of technology we will see in schools in the next year?
Posted by Mr. Bresciani at 19:36