Originally Posted by jameskatt2
Obviously, the school wanted a full-featured PC for their students so they can do word processing while multitasking with other apps to do research simultaneously.
This can't be done with an iPad. The actual competing Apple product is the MacBook Air.
The HP ElitePad is an Intel 1.8 Ghz Atom-based Laptop PC with Touch Screen, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB storage WITHOUT the keyboard, running Windows 8. It sells for $600 on Amazon.com. Once you add the case, docking station, and keyboard and mouse, it will end up costing at least $741 - as the article noted.
THE KEY IS THAT THE HP ELITEPAD IS A CHEAP LAPTOP PC - ESSENTIALLY A NETBOOK.
No wonder the HP ElitePad failed and was an "unmitigated disaster".
Apple doesn't do this type of junk.
The primary Apple competing product is the MacBook Air, costing $950.
I don't know if anyone here has ever done work in education, primarily K-12. I have, here in NYC. Beginning when my daughter began kindergarten, Sept 1996, I was a consultant to the NYCBOE, in technology. I received free lunches, sometimes, as payment. I took part in writing the five year technology plans. I also went around to schools with a couple of others on several committees to find out how schools were doing technologically. We would then make recommendations. I would, as part of my "job", recommend equipment, software and services, as well as, sometimes, training the technicians servicing the technology base, mostly computers, servers, routers, etc.
I bring this up because I'd like to make some comments about what computing is in education. It's is NOT what computing is elsewhere. In K-8, it's completely different. In high school, it comes closer.
After teaching children what they need to know in order to operate a computer by the amount they need to, the rest is educational software. This is written by speciality companies. It is NOT Office, iWork, etc. the software must correspond, and adhere to, the curriculum the school system is currently teaching. It isn't random software bought willy nilly from Newegg, or now, the App Store. Representatives from those companies come in and make presentations. After software is purchased, they often come in and show how to use it.
For a computer, when purchased, there is almost always restrictions on its use. In the case of NYC, there is software that is installed from the BOE that requires a password, and overrides, by qualified personnel, not usually a teacher, that is required to be entered before use. This software prevents most of the curious, and mischievous, actions students always seem to attempt. It also limits browsing to so called "safe sites", or white listed sites for really young children. It isn't prefect, of course, but it's an attempt to do the right thing.
There is software purchased, and installed on each computer from purchase. This software raises the price of that computer above list pricing, which is why prices always seem to be so high. Professional educational software is not cheap. You won't find it for $5 a seat. And interestingly enough, though I can't say it's still true since I stopped doing this here, all Apple products, as well as every other product, can only be bought through approved vendors. You can't just go to a store and buy something. Apple products, here in NYC, ironically have only been available for purchase through the BOE's one approved computer hardware vendor—DELL! As I say, I don't know if this is still true, since I've been out of this since my daughter graduated 4 years ago. But I would be surprised if it wasn't.
I can also say, truthfully, that the Dell computer labs were down about 40% of the time, and the Mac labs, less than 10%. One reason is that the computer teachers, were much more easily able to fix a glitch with the Mac labs than with the Dell labs. With the Dell labs! a call had to be made to send a tech in to fix the problem, which could take up to a week.
The macs also tended to fail less often, though for the early iMacs, the company hired to make the steel security straps that fit over the computer, locking them to the desks! caused failures, as they covered the vent at the top of the machine. When I first saw those I went ballistic! It took two whole years to get the design changed. Such is the life in a big bureaucracy.