Just as a further comment on the use of Apple wireless Keyboards with iPads: Some things are better - physical keys are great and having symbols like © and £ available without changing pages speeds things up. Some things you get used to on the iPad and they don't work on the keyboard - like hitting space twice to add a full stop. Not a problem though the keyboard functions exactly as you would expect. The bluetooth connection is very immediate and easy. I guess in a classroom or office you might need to number the keyboards which are paired with specific iPads.
Although you can't use a mouse with the iPad when you're typing, the arrow keys allow navigation through the document. CMD + Arrow goes to the start or end of the document or the line. ALT + Arrow goes to the start or end of the paragraph or one word at a time on the line. SHIFT + Arrow allows selection of text and you can copy and paste those selections using the standard CMD + C/X/V commands. CMD + A selects the entire document, again as you might expect. This helps minimise the number of times you need to touch the screen, which can be more irritating than you would think :)
I don't think that anyone is actually helping education or the future of free thought by supporting these Apple products in anything that they do not produce a true benifit in. By the sounds of it it can make a difference in SEN and maybe eairly childhood education but I know that our primary school kids can use a mouse without a hassle and we are slowly starting to get touchscreens in that give that aspect as well.
If anyone goes down the NetBook route then make sure you get one with a higher resolution screen - some netbooks have pretty low resolutions and you might have problems with some programs that just won't go that low anymore or might be very difficult to navigate. :)
Hey, I'm not a teacher - but I also didn't write ReportAssist. :) My code follows the guidelines, problem is that a lot of teachers just don't know how to use Windows properly. They should be forced to go on something like a ECDL or ICDL course every year or so!
To the OP some great points raised on this thread, if you'd like to talk through anything or visit then drop me a PM
We are a Primary with 430 students on roll, 34% on free school meals
The majority (soon to be all) of our frontline infrastructure runs iOS alongside OSX, Win XP/7/8, our backend is fully virtualized on VMware with Win2008/2012 servers