Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
Obviously this group is dedicated to the use of iPads in education. The iPad has an excellent interface that is intuitive and smooth with an ecosystem that is much more mature than alternative Android or Microsoft. The iPad is surely the leading tablet technology in education for some very good reasons. With that said, there are many discussions that center around the use of technology as a tool depending on how a tablet is integrated into the curriculum. The use of a tablet is a vehicle to content, and for functions that support learning objectives. So here is the question! :-) Equity of access is surely a challenge for many schools. We all know the cost of iPads runs from about $400 and up. There are many other tablets on the market these days (Android) that are significantly less expensive. We are beginning to see sub one hundred dollar tablets. If teachers are using tablets for web access, camera functions, reading, and some apps, can we achieve similar learning objectives with a less expensive tablet? Since many claim to be technology agnostic and view technology as a tool, is the iPad a unique tool overall as to crowd out other choices? I'm not talking of any specific app, because there are many apps out there in the Android world that are equivalent to those in the iOS world. I'm not challenging the iPad dominance as a leader, but am interested in perhaps viable alternatives for schools with limited budgets. As a professor in instructional technology, I always try to maintain objectivity with any technology. It may be that the iPad is the 'best choice' for many schools, but is it a zero sum game? I think the answer is no, but we always need to understand the why and how. Thanks for any objective opinions or experiences!