An iPad for every child: Inevitable or impossible?

Moderated by Jason Hiner | February 6, 2012 -- 07:00 GMT (23:00 PST)

Summary: One way or the other, e-textbooks are coming. But will it be an Apple-dominated market?

Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller

Inevitable

or

Impossible

Christopher Dawson

Christopher Dawson

Best Argument: Impossible

The moderator has delivered a final verdict.

Opening Statements

Apple's a friend to education

Matthew Miller: In 1989 I was issued a Macintosh SE at the USCG Academy. A few years later at Berkeley I purchased another Mac with an education discount. Apple has a long history of being a friend to educational institutions and I think they are going to be even more aggressive starting this year with deep discounts on the iPad 2, incentives for organizations to adopt Apple products, and willingness to spend some of their huge cash reserves to build the Apple educational ecosystem.

Apple has the OS, the hardware, and now the ecosystem strategy needed to have a major impact on the educational system. The only real barrier to implementation is cost and that is something they can impact, if they are willing to take the risk. If they are successful in widespread adoption of the iPad and the Apple Textbooks program, this success should increase their growth in the PC market as children growing up learning with an iPad, then take that experience to their primary computer.

Not suited to public education

Chris Dawson: Herbert Hoover called for a “chicken in every pot” during his 1928 presidential campaign. That didn’t work out so well with the Great Depression coming shortly thereafter, but the idea of a “tablet in every backpack” is one whose time has come. For well-heeled schools and districts, that device will probably be an iPad. For everyone else, though, it’s going to be something different.

Perhaps it will be an Intel Classmate, a Kindle Fire, a cheap laptop, a Chromebook, or any number of personal computing devices that students can bring to class and have as constant companions for anytime, anywhere study and interaction. But Apple’s first foray into e-textbooks, iBooks and iBooks Author makes it clear that theirs will be a closed ecosystem not well suited to widespread use in public education. Yes, a tablet in every backpack will be a reality. An iPad in every backpack? Not so much.
 

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  • RE: An iPad for every child: Inevitable or impossible?

    Inevitable. Because everybody wants to be original and creative.
    paul2011
    Reply 1 Vote I'm for Inevitable
    • RE: An iPad for every child: Inevitable or impossible?

      @paul2011 - BYOD is going to happen. Right now, the dominator is iPad and it will be more dominant with the increased use of iBook textbooks. What parent wants their child to tote around half his/her weight in bound books? Not to mention the obvious benefits of interactive, highlighted, bookmarked, customized, content.
      This will result in 1:1 since the students who don't have their own devices will have increased access to school technology because of those who bring their own. The onus will be on the schools to provide secure, reliable access.
      poteatj
      Reply Vote I'm for Inevitable
      • Not happening

        @poteatj <br>If this BYOD is to work, even the poorest household needs a way to provide these to the students. There is a significant portion of the population where the household cannot afford a basic computer. How then will these families and students participate?
        rhonin
        Reply Vote I'm for Impossible
    • RE: An iPad for every child: Inevitable or impossible?

      @paul2011 Surely, that's tongue in cheek. If they want to be original they don't want Apple's walled Orchard
      jmeinhart
      Reply Vote I'm for Impossible
    • RE: An iPad for every child: Inevitable or impossible?

      @paul2011 I use HTC and I am very creative and very original ...
      AdnanPirota
      Reply Vote I'm for Impossible
    • So why aren't you thinking different then?

      @paul2011 <br><br>You're thinking (just pretending, maybe) like any other Apple fanboi. Definitely not original. And not very creative either.
      Not a Fool
      Reply Vote I'm for Impossible
    • RE: An iPad for every child: Inevitable or impossible?

      @paul2011 what a laugh riot, original and creative? was apple ever original? if this baby o.s survives next 5 years hitler will come back and rule the world. there are just not enough resources for these type of devices to become mainstream.
      augustus_rome
      Reply Vote I'm for Impossible
  • RE: An iPad for every child: Inevitable or impossible?

    NOT iPad - but any tablet.
    helmut.leuprecht
    Reply Vote I'm for Inevitable
    • RE: An iPad for every child: Inevitable or impossible?

      @helmut.leuprecht@... I think you voted incorrectly. Chris said there will be tablets for everyone, just not iPads.
      chadness
      Reply Vote I'm for Impossible
      • RE: An iPad for every child: Inevitable or impossible?

        @chadness

        The title says iPad and the voting box is before the arguments, it's a misleading click bait using the iPad name instead of tablets but I voted before reading arguments, so it's impossible to get iPads to everybody, but cheaper tablets might be possible.
        lepoete73
        Reply 1 Vote I'm for Impossible