20130823 I Have No Issues With Schools Replacing

Keith I MyersKeith I Myers2013-08-23 14:17:56-0400 – Updated: 2013-08-23 14:17:56-0400I have no issues with schools replacing paper textbooks with Tablets but I take offence to the fact that the students are required to use iPads. I see no reason why they do not also make everything available for other platforms such as Android. 

Students should NEVER be forced into an ecosystem

http://apple.slashdot.org/story/13/08/23/1639213/students-at-lynn-university-get-ipad-minis-instead-of-textbooks

Students At Lynn University Get iPad Minis Instead of Textbooks – Slashdot

Shared with: Public, Keith I Myers, Master Decker+1’d by: Michael Ingram Jr, Karen Herman, Julee King, Shane Menshik, Ana Medina, Corey MiecielicaReshared by: dakun skye, Ben Thornsberry, Corey MiecielicaMaster Decker – 2013-08-23 14:20:25-0400 – Updated: 2013-08-23 14:23:05-0400Call it “incorporating,” Get the students on THEIR tablets, and the company stands a BETTER chance of getting more sales.

I’ve got my Asus TF101, and would only use an i device of ANY type for skeet shooting.

Also, it makes me wonder though, since there are text books on the Google play store now, if the students would be allowed to make that choice instead of having to use an Apple device?Keith I Myers – 2013-08-23 14:26:59-0400+Sean Sherburne – I hope that would allow students to make their own choice but I hope that there are no proprietary applications specifically for iOSCorey Miecielica – 2013-08-23 14:34:03-0400Couldn’t agree more +Keith I Myers Jonathon Barton – 2013-08-23 15:21:28-0400 – Updated: 2013-08-23 15:23:27-0400I don’t think this argument holds much water.
Apple has had an amazing Education Program since the mid 1980s. My high school (located smack in the middle of a lower-middle class suburb of Sacramento) was able to purchase 50 Apple IIc’s in 1984 at a HUGE discount off the $1000+ price tag. I learned LOGO and BASIC on those machines, and I have a career in IT today as a result.

But I’ve never owned a Mac.

Now, you could say that’s an n=1 sample, but really, If “I used Apple Products in school” were the great influencer of purchasing decisions that you’re making it out to be, don’t you think that 27 years of the Educational Discount program at the Elementary, Secondary and Post Secondary level, Apple should have gained more than a 5% slice of the PC market share by 2011?

A) Nobody does real work on a tablet. The iPad is better for the students than slugging a 40 pound backpack full of books.
B) Kids going into college these days have had cellphones for AT LEAST 3-5 years. They already have an ecosystem, as you put it.

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