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Educators Weigh iPad’s Dominance of Tablet Market

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on November 26, 2013

Educators Weigh iPad’s Dominance of Tablet Market

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/11/22/13ipad_ep.h33.html?tkn=LUCCCAu94sJXhXwoBrDRG%2BmCJBT04YYozBRQ&cmp=clp-sb-ascd

Susan Einhorn, the executive director of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation, a Bellevue, Wash.-based organization that supports schools in developing and improving 1-to-1 computing programs, disagrees.

She said that “iPads are a consumer device; I don’t feel they’re really designed for education.” Ms. Einhorn favors tablets with what she calls “greater functionality,” such as Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

As a “technology-agnostic” organization, the International Society for Technology in Education does not take a position on specific devices, but CEO Brian C. Lewis observed that, “within a short period of time, tablets have become almost ubiquitous. What we forget is that, in another three to five years, another new thing will transform not only our world, but what’s happening in the classroom.”

Mr. Lewis said he has heard too many stories of schools and districts that purchased technology before planning how to use it to drive learning.

My two issues:
– why is an educational media such as “Education Week” outright advertising commerical products?

– why is “Educational Media” not bursting the bubble of such reckless purchasing of products without plan and idea?

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