Android tablets vs iPads vs Windows in schools
I have just ordered one of these:
Yes, it's a blatant iPad clone, but it runs Android 2.1 and is due a 2.2 release soon, so Flash and Java support are all onboard, has a 1Ghz processor and plenty of expansion\storage potential. But the most intersting thing about Android based kit is that you can store and install apps yourself without the need for an app store\market place involving multiple accounts and logins, unlike the iPad and all of the problems that were talked about on here so recently when a school in Scotland took the plunge. Now with Windows 7 based tablets just around the corner (and the price hike that they will command) will it be worth considering Android tablets costing below £200, like the one above, or paying the premium for Windows based devices and the centralised control you can have over them?
In fact,what would you use them for in a school? or more to the point, what would teachers think they would be using them for in the classroom?
As far as I can see it so far we have:
Android:- Cheap devices involving a bit of effort to manage.
iPads:- Expensive and no management whatsoever.
Windows:- Prices TBC, but proberbly on par with the iPad or a bit cheaper. Excellent management potential depending on OS version.
Ric and I had a chat about the stand for next years BETT, and we think that we should go with mobile computing as a theme and show off tablets of all sizes and OS's for you guys to play with, which is whay I've just purchased that one and another cheaper device to demo on the stand. We shall also be contacting some sponsors and suppliers to see if they can help out with the kit we require.
P.S. Is there a way you can link an Android device to a network share, or would it be easier to install apps from a local web based 'app store'? Or, TBH, just copy-n-paste the apps to SD cards and install\run them locally.
Android is useless in schools
I am a big fan of android - but I can promise that the current version will be next to useless in a school - there is nowhere to set system wide proxy settings for WiFI. It will only work without proxies!
listen up google! A two year thread starred by 2000 users:
Issue 1273 - android - IP Proxy Settings for Wifi Network - Project Hosting on Google Code