Here's hoping there are a lot of folks out there in education like you. When I think of the potential of an iPad in education compared to what was available in my days teaching it almost makes me want to go back to teaching. A single penny wasted in education on Windows based crap is a crime.
I think what would be the nail in the coffin for Microsoft is if Apple offers iWork for the cloud free, if not free for everyone, free for educational institutions. If Apple can offer a free solution that works in the cloud, that also opens and writes to MS Office file formats Apple has a killer suite. iWork does everything 99% of what students and teachers need. My school was continuously waiting on an iOS version of MS Office. I think I'm just going to suggest they start using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. I wish this iWork for the cloud thing came out sooner.
I really push for Apple products. I run the entire Apple system in my school, from determining if Apple products will suit the needs, to speccing them out, making sure they get ordered, unboxing them, inventorying them, setting them up, using Deploy Studio to get them imaged, and testing to make sure they're all setup properly. I also administer the Mac server with OS X Server 2.2 running on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. We currently have 4 Mac labs, 2 MacBook labs in the Distance Learning rooms (1 in HS, 1 in ES), 1 regular iMac computer lab, and were getting a new Mac lab in the STEM lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) when that is complete this summer...hopefully with brand new 27" iMacs, a 3D printer, a professional photo printer, and some professional scanners.
We also have 2 iPad carts, one for the HS and one for the ES, along with many for teachers in various departments.
Edited by macxpress - 6/18/13 at 9:46am