Despite their reputation for being adverse to change and slow to adopt new technology, the tablet is quickly becoming the preferred device in education.
John Kirk, writing in TechPinions, outlines some recent events and figures which show the shift toward the tablet from PCs. This includes, but is not limited to, LA public school system's $30 million iPad investment - leaving their previously preferred vendor HP.
Kirk cites Pew Research, which has been monitoring tablet ownership since 2010. In May, 2010 only 3 percent of Americans (18 years and older) owned a tablet. As of May, 2013 that number had grown to 34 percent of Americans.
Tablets have become an accepted part of everyday life and soon they will become an accepted part of education too. In three short years, we’ve already moved from the “Tablets are a stupid idea and it should never be done” phase to the “Of course Tablets are a great idea in education and why haven’t we done it already?” phase.
The author notes that the large catalogue of established educational software makes them appealing devices for schools. It's also a win for developers, as more of their apps will no doubt be sold, which will continue to strengthen the platform.