My kids returned to school this week. They attend a suburban elementary school built only one year ago. Everything there is beautiful and state-of-the-art - with the glaring exception of its computing technology.
Not only does the school still use computer labs, but they run an outdated platform, as I discovered after quizzing my son:
Me: "Do you know what operating system the PCs in the computer lab run?"
Him: "Umm, I think it says XP when I turn them on?"
Me: "What?!? That OS was introduced two years before you were born!"
Him: "Wowwwww, that is old."
My mind reeling, I quickly decicided I needed to: a) get involved in the PTA RIGHT AWAY; b) find out what schools are moving forward, not backward, towards tablets and e-textbooks.
Through the magic of Google, I found more than 120 130 schools, school districts, and colleges and universities that are deploying tablets to students for the first time this fall.
My list is no doubt an undercount. 1.5 million American students and 1,000 colleges worldwide use iPads (see this infographic by MDG Advertising). Meanwhile, I can only find deployments that make the news - a difficult ask since rollouts of Android tablets tend to attract much less attention from the press.
Still, I've done my best, and have created a map in Google for you to browse. You can zoom in and out and click on the blue points to find out more about each deployment (including iPads as well as Samsung and Amazon Kindle Fire tablets), including the original news reference or web link.
If you cannot view the embedded map below, please click on this link.
I've added the larger deployments - San Diego Unified, Rochester Minnesota, Mansfield County (Texas) and others - to another blog/chart listing the 100 Largest iPad Deployments Worldwide today.
I also plan to take a closer look at some of the trends in the new school deployments in a coming blog.
If I've missed any deployments, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me at @ericylai.
View School iPad & Tablet Deployments, Fall 2012 in a larger map
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