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02-19-2011, 05:26 PM #81
As a technical college instructor, I am absolutely in love with this idea. Load the textbooks, website access to the classroom tools. Email me the homework! Heaven, pure heaven! We already do online testing and some homework. This would just round out the whole process!
I am currently looking for ways to incorporate this into our program now!
Last edited by geekymom; 02-19-2011 at 05:26 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
02-20-2011, 11:25 AM #82
I would spend $500-700 on a iPad if all textbooks were available on it. I'm college freshman and carrying around 10-15 pounds in texts really sucks. Not to mention they can run you a pretty coin too.
03-01-2011, 02:29 AM #83
The only real increase technically speaking would be adding more outlets to classrooms and increased electrical costs to keep the iPads or other tablet devices charged up. Even if you carried a spare battery around to keep your iPad fully charged for all day classes it still wouldn't weigh nearly as much as the pens/pencils/binder/paperwork/books/calculator/etc. that you'd otherwise be carrying. In fact, backpacks would become obsolete and companies like Incase would make a killing.
The important thing to remember at this point is how can this be accomplished while increasing the recyclability(sp?) of electronics or to find ways to make them last longer via hardware upgrades without the expense of reduced softare functionality when updating.