iPads are becoming increasingly popular among students of all ages. I am a high school senior and I do not own a laptop. The iPad has pretty much consumed my life as a result. I use my iPad for a variety of purposes - from downloading and reading e-books to typing papers and sending e-mails. I was actually considering selling my iPad when I go to college, but my college friend convinced me otherwise because he noted that the iPad is like the ultimate notebook in a college class. One can download textbooks, jot notes via keyboard or stylus, record lectures, and much more.
There has been some talk in my classes that our school could potentially convert from textbooks to iPads in the future. My guess is that most students are all for this idea... I mean, who wouldn't want to borrow an iPad for an entire school year if it was available to them? My friend from Buffalo Grove High School has two iPads - one was his own, the other belongs to BG. BG lends out iPads to their AP Economics students. On a side note, it's ironic because my friend made the point of telling me that he has no idea why they would buy iPads when they are in need of money for more important issues. At any rate, the iPad is indeed a helpful tool overall. But along with its potential improvement of efficiency regarding textbooks and such, there are some not-so-beneficial factors to take into consideration when deciding whether or not our school should purchase them and lend them to our students.
For one thing, iPads are extremely costly. Are we (or our parents rather) willing to pay for such a big investment? We're not just talking about 50 or so iPads here. If the school were to pay for iPads for every individual in the student body, the figure exceeds $1 million.
Just to throw a few more factors out there...
What happens if someone were to lose their iPad? Would they have to replace it/pay for the original price of the iPad? In either case, a large sum of money will be lost.
What happens when Apple comes out with newer models? Won't our school need to stay up-to-date on the technology so as to be able to use whatever the next brilliant features that Apple puts in each new model?