The reason are solid. There are a couple of ways to make it work...But probably not on Ipad They would need a tablet to be considerably cheaper for something like this to work. Like Kindle fire prices or cheaper. Amazon could probably make a school edition that would be cheaper not to mention that it would be easier to do for amazon to get the textbooks digitized seeing as they have been getting into the publishing business. Hell you could even make a go at this with the standard eink kindle. The books need to be cheaper too and both would probably have to be purchased by the parents if they wanted to charge for each user. Which is a problem, in public schools because parents usually put their children in public school because the idea of private school is too expensive. And mixing methods would cause social problems; all or nothing. Even if you went all in think about how many kids would get robbed in bad areas if you used a standard tablet like apple or android? Because they would almost always have a tablet on them on their way home. Not to mention Every desk would need a power outlet just in case. The installation and subsequent utilities cost increase is something to consider. They could have a kindle fire version that stays in the each classroom that you sign into and log out from and then if they wanted to read it at home they could either buy a kindle or use the free kindle pc reading app. Or use the library computers at school if they dont have a pc at home. Thats a long shot but it has better chances than the school buying ipads with their 500$ each price tag.
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If Apple really envisions this happening they won't be charging 500 bucks a pop for an iPad.
I'd hope not. We support a local elementary school who's parents can't afford food for their children. I'd hate to see them (and the budget crunched school system) have to decide between a electronic textbook or food.
I think the program has promise, but I hope it ends up being fair and affordable for all economic classes. Higher education is already biased towards the haves, hope primary doesn't become the same.
I have no doubts that some school systems can afford it, and honestly that's great. Really.
I wonder about communities that have cut back (losing programs, teachers aides, and teachers) being left out.
As far as I know here only one school has gone towards something of this nature, and its z private school.
Before I get jumped on as being against Apple and therefore against this, I assure you I'm not. I'd love to see my children be able to experience this and have it enhance their learning. The boys have been playing with an ipad tonight. My youngest (perhaps to irritate me) proudly announced he wants one. (He's sleeping outside tonight).
I have to believe Apple has a plan to help underfunded school systems or underprivileged families afford this and get on board. If not then it'd be a divider, further affecting children who are already at a disadvantage.
And believe me, I know what its like to not be able to afford the essentials for school. I had to constantly borrow paper, pens from friends throughout school. I couldn't even afford lunch.
Well my kids are past school age already, but I would have been very annoyed if the school forced me to purchase an item for $500. Having said that it is great that children can avoid carrying a lot of books around. This will however allow Apple to sell more Ipads, maybe offload Ipad2's, with the new Ipad3 coming out. What would really put Apple in a good light is if they made the software capable of working on many different systems which would mean they truly care about children and education and not just their bottom line.
I see cost being an issue, especially with breakage. Most kids are not gentle with their things. Tossing around the iPads, or throwing them into backpacks will probably be the norm, just because of how kids are. When I was a kid, I always used the kickstand on my bike, but most of my friends just got off their bikes and let the bikes drop to their side on the ground. I still see kids do that today. I do not think kids will be more gentle with iPads than they are with books or bikes.