EDIT: The only reason for me recommending iPad's is app availability. Android doesn't seem to have good alternatives to Garageband or Pages or Keynote, etc. And Windows 8, well it's doesn't have any apps (the store was quiet barren last time I looked). If the app availability on other platforms changes, then so will my opinion. (I do like ICS as an OS).
You know what can do all those things? A laptop. Or a desktop... You know the other thing? They've been able to do it for more than 10 years. I remember using Fruity Loops as a kid on a pentium 2.Quote:
Erm, I take it you've not used Garageband then? Can you recommend me a good Android alternative to AmpKit+? How about attaching a keyboard and using Pages? Hell, is there a good android alternative to Pages?
Not to mention, do all kids need to be able to play in Garage Band in every lesson? No? And why pages on a tablet? You just advocated using a keyboard with it - why not just provide a laptop?
Tablets are, undoubtedly, going to be massive for education, once there is an affordable, manageable product with good battery life. I don't think the iPad mini is the device we're waiting for, though. It's still designed for consumers rather than enterprise, so isn't easily manageable (and this is where MS missed a trick with RT). It's still too damned expensive.
What we need for students is a colour e-ink device with a capacitive touch screen. Battery life would be in the days rather than hours, and the eye strain would be infinitely better. They'd be cheaper. More robust. Make them manageable and controllable and you're well away.
Staff can have full fat iPad/Android/Win8 style tablets as they'll be able to make more use of the power and the greater screen capabilities. Have NFC built in to everything so the teacher can drag work over from kids' tablets, fling resources out to everyone, throw stuff up to the projector. Give them a docking station and they can keep their battery going all day.
The iPad family (and every other tablet out there atm) are all too much like islands; designed for one person to only rarely connect to others, and not designed for constant mesh communication. They're all for consumers, and consumer kit just is not good enough to use without a massive investment of effort. Fair enough if you're happy to do that, but for me, I'd have to neglect other parts of the network to look after the tablets, and I'm not willing to do that until the time investment in them becomes more efficient.
You gave a few choices of app, this was rebutted with a list of app choices. You decide that your point of view is the only correct one, and thus all the apps shown must be of inferior quality to your precious Apple choices.
And once again, we are back to square one! My app is better than your app! Way to go!
iPad mini being a game changer, like the title suggests? Do me a favour! Drop the price by £100, and it might well have been, but I stand by my original comments.
People will buy them as status symbols and only fanbois cannot see that!
W8 Acer 510p x86 tablets, 9h or 18h with the keyboard
Anything that results is better, cheaper tech is fine with me. [Not including human rights violations, war crimes and/or alien overlords.]