iPad Sales Reaching 45 Million in 2011; Impact on Education?

[ 0 ] October 7, 2010 |

Forbes recently reported sales of the original iPad could reach 45 million in 2011.    With so many iPads in the hands of learners (and parents) how does this impact education?  Will we see the iPad be as disruptive as the computer when it was first introduced to the classroom?  What about app developers building educational applications for the iPad.  Is this a bigger market than first expected?

Also to take into consideration is the next generation iPad with more features and potential to connect learner-to-learner and learner-to-teacher:

As others have already speculated, White’s contact says the second-generation iPad will be smaller, with a screen that measures about seven inches, compared to the first iPad’s 9.7-inch screen. The new iPad will also include the high-resolution “Retina” display that the latest version of the iPhone (4) boasts, a micro or mini USB port, a camera and greater capacity of up to 128 gigabytes. The amount of storage in the current generation of iPads tops out at 64 gigabytes.

These specifications, if accurate, should address the most common criticisms of the iPad–namely, its size/weight, the inability to take photos or shoot videos and the difficulty of hooking it up to external devices like printers and scanners. The presence of a Retina display and built-in camera could also point to video-calling capabilities. Apple unveiled video chat software, called FaceTime, for the iPhone in July and has an interest in extending that feature to as many of its devices as possible.

If you are a builder of educational applications for the iPad, we would love to hear your thoughts on this upward estimate of iPad sales and the impact on education.

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Category: Higher Education, iPhone App, K-12, Mobile

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