Guest Post: In Terms of Tablet Use, Schools Are Most Interested In Price

We’ve talked about the use of the iPad Mini in education, and today’s guest blogger Lenore Holditch discusses its price points and what it means for schools and districts choosing tablets. Lenore is a freelance writer and blogger who has contributed articles to numerous education resource websites, including TopOnlineColleges.com. Her writing is often centered on the topics of technology, education reform and basic advice for students. Please share your comments and questions with Lenore below.

Apple’s release of its new iPad mini has received much attention from tech sites and blogs, but not necessarily because the product is expected to be a big hit with the general public. In fact, it seems as though Apple’s inspiration for creating the device came from the desire to supply K-12 classrooms with a more affordable Apple tablet choice.

It’s true; the Apple iPad is probably the best tablet choice for classroom use. This is primarily due to the fact that Apple offers the most popular cheap generic levitra soft selection of educational software and applications that are compatible with the iPad; including podcasts from iTunes, apps from the App Store, books and textbooks from viagra for women the iBookstore and educational games from the Game Center.

But competition has grown fierce since the iPad first entered the market. Many other tech companies now sell tablet computers that are similar to the iPad in many ways, but there is one thing that makes them quite different from the iPad: price. The Amazon Kindle, Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy and Toshiba Excite are all sold for less than the iPad.

This price difference is onlinepharmacy-kamagra.com important for public school districts; especially in the United States, where budget cuts have forced most classrooms to either hold off on new purchases or choose more affordable options. Those schools that do have the extra resources onlinepharmacy-levitra.com to buy new technologies are only interested in devices that will keep them within budget.

Cheaper tablets that are comparable to the iPad have created a dilemma for Apple, because even though the iPad is still believed to be superior, the cheaper tablets offer just as much for a lot less. In addition, the iPad costs just as much as a PC desktop or laptop, so most teachers view the iPad as a luxury classroom tool that is more of a “want” and less of a “need.”

However, even with budget problems hovering over them, schools still see the usefulness of tablets. This is widely because they are a more flexible choice when compared to desktop and laptop computers. Most of what you can do on a desktop viagra side effects or laptop computer can be done on cialis tablets a tablet. Tablets levitra dosage are also lighter, take up less space and can be easily moved from one classroom to the next.

All tablet producers realize this, but Apple is the only one that already has a tight grip on educational software and apps. This is why they have decided to take a second look at the design and price of the device. After years of trying (and failing) to woo schools to make the switch from desktop and laptop to tablet, it seems the company is finally biting the bullet and making a product that school districts may feel more comfortable spending their money on. It will be interesting to see how the iPad mini will affect technology use in the classroom.

 

Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.

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Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.