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$500 iPads In The Classroom: Good Idea?
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jfutral303
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1/20/2012 | 1:56:27 PM
re: $500 iPads In The Classroom: Good Idea?
I think Berne is wrong. From what I've read elsewhere the digital textbooks are just zipped XHTML pages. Plus there is an export function in the authoring tool to export to some other format. I haven't dug deep enough to say I know for a fact, but that is the buzz I've been hearing.

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1/20/2012 | 5:14:31 AM
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Reply to Konqueror:
Valid point---"The history of a culture is its written word." Literally interpreted is the reason why my students are also required to do half their work in cursive with pen and paper. (Grades 7 & 8)
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1/20/2012 | 1:55:53 AM
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Our elementary school has purchased a lab of iPads which are currently in use. As a high school eacher, I have had a few students access books for my English classes. Some of the books may be obtained at no cost, others cost to download. However, many public libraries now offer books which may be downloaed at no cost for a certain loan period-- just like checking out a paper book. Our school policy is that the iPads do not leave the labs or a teacher's room.

It seems to me that textbook companies must offer textbooks for iPads. The problem this presents is that, of course, schools must, in turn, purchase an iPad for each student; IPads which may be taken home to complete homework assignments. In a school district that does not have the funds to provide a lap top for each student, I do not see this happening. Surely in the long run, wouldn't the iPads save money over the cost of the textbook budget over a ten year span- a fifteen year span? Who has studied this? How long can an IPad be estimated to last in the hands of students?.

I've been looking for something for my grandchildren, and since I was recently told that public liblaries are on board, I THINK I'm going to buy them iPads, unless something better comes along next week . . .or next month . . .

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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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 :\
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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.
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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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1/19/2012 | 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.
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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.
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1/19/2012 | 11:17:20 PM
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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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