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$500 iPads In The Classroom: Good Idea?
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Windman
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1/19/2012 | 10:56:19 PM
re: $500 iPads In The Classroom: Good Idea?
I agree with the article on the pricing issue, $500 for an iPad for school is not feasible, in fact even if you said $200 it would still be too expensive for most families to support such tech in this economy.
Bob E
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1/19/2012 | 11:06:00 PM
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IF, schools could get the textbook content they want at a fraction of the cost of the paper versions, the initial expense could probably be dealt with. I have no idea how well iPads or any ebook format would survive the attention of fifth graders, but it could bring a new meaning to "the dog ate my homework".
Ronald Carter
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1/19/2012 | 11:13:50 PM
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People act as if these events are static. For instance, a $200 "Kindle Textbook" from Amazon would be very affordable for a school district to purchase (utilizing just a portion of the tax dollars they currently spend on printed textbooks) for every student. Such a device could easily be made to deliver all the materials, text and image, needed for the classroom in a far safer and affordable device than any iPad.
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1/19/2012 | 11:17:20 PM
re: $500 iPads In The Classroom: Good Idea?
I think that everyone is missing the real value here.

Think of how much schools will save if all students have an Ipad?

No more need for schoolbooks!!! Massive, massive savings for the schools! Apple already has Ipad education discounts, combine that with schools subsidizing the Ipads because of the lower costs, and you have an incredible way to teach kids how to safely use the technology that they will use for the rest of their lives!
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1/19/2012 | 11:33:04 PM
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Well first of all an iPad will probably be around $300. for the entry level very soon. Secondly for now, this is for college where most students are already paying $1000 or more for textbooks so there will be a bigger savings down the line. Also some students get subsidies as needed, I am sure this will happen in the digital world too. One friggen text book can cost over $100 now.
Bob E
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1/19/2012 | 11:44:27 PM
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Can this work? Will publishers change their business models or just offer non-core fluff. For the college crowd, can you get Thomas calculus or whatever? A few $150+ textbooks, throw in a few Verlag titles at a 75% discount over paper..could be sweet.
Kongqueror
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1/20/2012 | 12:03:43 AM
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Although I believe this as a positive approach to learning, I am alarmed by the tablet's, specifically the iPad, emphasis on touch-typing vs. hand-written notes. I feel that the art/skill/personality of handwriting may be lost with our push towards displacing analog media with digital. In the end, we are analog beings in an analog world.
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1/20/2012 | 12:10:39 AM
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Since the days long ago that I set my first TeX document (just google it), I have wondered why it wasn't possible to provide people with interest in a topic the best info we can give them. Sorry neophyte, but you don't have access to a college library or even a real public library. Anything that improves this, even if for commercial gain makes our world better. There are so many bright minds out there.
ANON1237825497586
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ANON1237825497586,
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1/20/2012 | 12:48:17 AM
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I don't see why not, some text books cost that much :\
ANON1237825497586
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ANON1237825497586,
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1/20/2012 | 12:49:46 AM
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True, but you will not get the rich features that Apple is proposing with "any" Kindle. With having a Kindle in my household and an iPad, the iPad is the way to go. Kindle is way to limited.
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