Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Oh, so you don't think the iPad mini is appropriate for schools? That's one of the big things its proponents are pushing: its "suitability" for the classroom.
I don't disagree with you at all; I'm just saying.
Well, certainly the CEO, at least. 😉
Schools have a lot of uses for technology. I worked with the NYC schools since my daughter began kindergarten. I was a technology consultant, and helped write the technology plans over the years. I was in a lot of schools doing evaluations, getting wired, and then wireless networking in place, training the trainers, etc.
These will be very helpful in a school system, particularly in the lower grades from K-3. I'm willing to bet that the companies writing professional iPad software, and there are a lot of them, will be busily adapting software for the smaller tablet. No doubt of that.
But as for "standard" textbooks, well, that's a different story. A well written textbook, electronic or otherwise, has the text and graphics (photo's, or whatever) in the proper spot in relation to the text. With a 10" iPad, that fairly easy to do, esp. with the retina model. But with a small screen, they will have to rethink it entirely. For younger children, regular texts are simpler, and can be reworked more easily, but more conventional textbooks, that are more information dense, will be more difficult. You can't simply allow the text and graphics to flow over the pages.