Friday, January 20, 2012
Has Apple finally done it?
Our mindset shifts from the iPad as a tool that provides a majority of functionality for students, when it comes to consuming, collaborating, communicating, etc. to a device that does all that plus house their textbooks without a third party application. The iPad was already relevant in education, but it just moved to the top of the list for many school districts across the country. Schools can now leverage textbook dollars towards iPads and use VPP vouchers to purchase textbooks for students, while providing them a tool that allows effecient communication, collaboration and access.
The game has changed. Thank you Apple for being the pioneer we all know you for. You have revolutionized smartphones and music. You are well on your way for revolutionizing education and the way we think of textbooks.
Update / Clarification 1.21.12: In response to the first comment below, let me make a clarification that I may not have initially been clear about. This event is more about shifting the philosophy of publishing companies than a revolution of education. While I believe this is a first step in a revolution process, it isn't the complete revolution itself. Textbooks have to be interactive, engaging and relevant for students. Change.