Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
Public schools are a mismanaged disaster. Shut them all down and get private companies in there to compete for students instead.
Making them private would make them unaccountable. They'd do the same thing as this but you wouldn't hear about it. Private companies selling PCs bundle Windows with every one and had it not been for the government, Internet Explorer would have remained the most dominant web browser, holding back web standards. In a competitive utopia, there would be schools offering Apple products and schools offering Windows products and schools offering Android products and every combination of every other product so you'd have a thousand schools to choose from all driving down costs of education and the best teachers everywhere.
That's just a fantasy and it's another example of turning back time:
"The school system remained largely private and unorganized until the 1840s. Public schools were always under local control, with no federal role, and little state role. The 1840 census indicated that of the 3.68 million children between the ages of five and fifteen, about 55% attended primary schools and academies."
It marginalizes the poor and allows companies to set their own agenda be it promotion of religious views, promotion of certain genders, sexualities or races and they'd take bribes and incentives from wherever they wanted. It didn't work before, which is why it's not popular now.
Plus, they're not excluding Apple, they are responding to feedback about their iPad rollout:
"under the recently expanded approach, 18,000 laptops are being purchased. Deasy wrote that he expects Apple and Pearson to be among the bidders in the new process."
If a 10" iPad is too small, I guess an 11" Air will be too leaving their 13" $999 Air to compete with ~$200 Chromebooks. We know that iPads aren't as productive as Macs and general laptops so this shouldn't be a surprise. Even copying and pasting is laborious on tablets especially if the text goes past the edge of the screen and then there's sending documents to staff or back home to continue on other devices.
Apple doesn't necessarily need a fitted keyboard but they need to sit someone with an iPad next to someone with a Macbook Air and make them both do productive tasks and whenever the person on the iPad is going too slow or hitting a hurdle, sort it out. There's no reason a touch device can't be as efficient as a laptop. The laptop's advantage is simply down to the touchpad mapping to a ratio of the screen dimensions with the precision of a pixel and having fixed keys that perform precise actions every time. This can be replicated without a physical trackpad and keyboard with a 3D gesture zone above the table. Attaching a keyboard is the wrong way to go because it forces one tablet orientation.
They could redesign the smart cover to not fold up the way it does. That only allows you to use landscape anyway. It can fold up in a way to hold an iPad in landscape or portrait and it can have an area that tracks gestures. They'd need a whole new UI mechanism beside a mouse pointer because it would use multi-touch.
Until they figure this out, laptops will always be preferred for productivity. iPads are better for younger children though as they can read books and their attention is held better with interactive software.
Originally Posted by Apple ||
When I was a kid, a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away, there was one Apple ][ machine in the classroom, that was shared by 35 students!
You're recommending what made you turn out this way?
Originally Posted by Apple ||
Let the damn parents provide for their children. And then they are free to buy whatever they please.
Kids shouldn't suffer because of the inability or unwillingness of their parents to buy them technology.