What the Apple Tablet could mean for schools

I saw this video on MacRumors today and I was surprised at the things they are planning for an unreleased tablet, most likely the Apple Tablet. No longer would students have to carry around 4 books for their classes or even take notes!

Things I'm concerned about though is pricing. I've heard that it could cost around $1,000, which would be a lot for a school to pay if they wanted to get tablets for each student. It would lessen the cost of books since the eTextBooks would most likely be cheaper or could even be rented for a certain amount of time. Also the screen would have to be made for reading text more than displaying colors to reduce eye strain. We will all most likely find out in a couple of weeks at the Apple event!

Watch the video of a demonstration from CourseSmart:

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/05/coursesmart-looks-ahead-at-etex...

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Comment by Daniel Ingle on January 7, 2010 at 8:15am
Yeah here is the one that does both, I could see this working
Comment by EliteGeek on January 7, 2010 at 12:48am
I wish I had something like this when I was in school. This is very interesting and I really hope it comes to fruition.
Comment by jamesjimmy23 on January 6, 2010 at 2:48pm
And today now Samsung and another company have introduced eBooks that you can take notes on. One of the eBook's has a netbook like computer with it too so you can view color and then the eink on the other part, like a notebook.
Comment by Connor Bryant on January 6, 2010 at 1:30pm
This is great news for the future of schools, but an article I read [http://www.popsci.com/node/37292/?cmpid=PSCenews081309] says that an apple tablet would be too closed source and would "ruin computing" since it is too closed source and not enough like a real computer.
Comment by jamesjimmy23 on January 6, 2010 at 1:09pm
Yeah true, most videos are shown in class but it's still an option. I'm sure most schools won't get any sort of eBook reader for all of the students for quite awhile but I'm sure it will happen some day.
Comment by Daniel Ingle on January 6, 2010 at 1:06pm
Not many can take notes but some can and there are even ebook readers out there (since the nook came out) that have bottom screens that are video capable... But we are talking about schools here how many videos did or do you watch in class that the teacher isn't showing... A lot of the reasoning here would also double as reasons not to use them as well the security issue would be a nightmare(what are they watching)...
Comment by jamesjimmy23 on January 6, 2010 at 1:04pm
@Matt I heard that it could come out in two different finishes so maybe there would be one made more for the education market and one for the general public.

@Daniel A regular eBook reader would be cheaper but currently there aren't any color screens and the Apple tablet would be able to do video so you could watch things also. Also the ability to take notes would be nice too which I don't think many of the eBooks can do.
Comment by MattTheComputerGeek on January 6, 2010 at 6:00am
What will it mean for schools, example: Teacher: Hey boss this would be great for our students. Princible: Yeah it is BUT, It costs way to much and besides its to shiney its not desinged for the abuse it would take.
Comment by Daniel Ingle on January 5, 2010 at 9:32pm
It would make more sense to go with an ereader of some kind for schools. Much cheaper than a tablet and at a grand (which is what i have read as well), there is not enough of a niche to keep this thing going.. You will get the apple people and a few others, and that is about it....

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