Sigh. This rush to launch the newest apple product has left me positively winded. Smaller! Better! Higher resolution!
yadda yadda yadda.
I comfort myself by repeating over and over this soothing mantra: It’s okay. My device still works fine. I can still use it. I am not yet a dinosaur.
Here are some articles that talk about the impact the newest launch by Apple will have on education:
(the author places the education market clearly in the winner side)
Although I have just taken a cursory glance at the response to the new iPad mini, most of the tech talkers agree that Education is the biggest winner, of all the stakeholders for the following reasons:
- Lower price
- Smaller thus easier to use as an e-reader
- New version of iBooks and iBooks author:
[ the new version of iBooks author is] an app that will make creating textbooks that work with iOS devices even easier for publishers. Textbooks are a big market into which Apple has expanded. The iPad mini is positioned to be a great educational device, where students can dump their textbooks, watch videos, take notes, and more.
As you can imagine, these issues are debatable:
- The lower price is not low enough
- The small size also means harder to word process, etc.
- The textbook industry is so far behind in coming up with a viable textbook publishing model that the fact that it is easier to make the e-textbooks is a moot point. (this one is my contribution.)
What do you think?