The Real Tablet Revolution

This is the slate I used grow­ing up as a school kid. There was sib­ling rival­ry over whose was shinier or had a larg­er “screen size”.


They are still used by some school chil­dren in India. Mil­lions of them go to school today like this (image cred­it):

School Bags

With heavy bur­dens on their back, no won­der they hate going to school.

When Steve Jobs unveils the Apple Tablet in a few hours from now, I will be part of the thou­sands who will wit­ness this rev­o­lu­tion­ary device remote­ly. But the real rev­o­lu­tion in my mind will hap­pen when such devices become main­stays in edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions world­wide.


No doubt the tablet will be great for enter­tain­ment, gam­ing, read­ing, and news con­sump­tion. But no oth­er appli­ca­tion has a greater, last­ing impact, than that which rev­o­lu­tion­izes learn­ing.

As Joe Wilcox describes it, a “uni­fied con­tent plat­form, mix­ing dif­fer­ent media types and live infor­ma­tion” holds tremen­dous poten­tial dur­ing the for­ma­tive young years of our lives.

Imag­ine a class­room where stu­dents had access to live infor­ma­tion about any top­ic under the sun. That is the world I want my kid to grow up in. When that hap­pens, it will be the real tablet rev­o­lu­tion.

(Writ­ten before Apple iPad launch; cross-post­ed from Skep­tic Geek)

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  • Even i had one in school,
    but the new tablet seems to be unaf­ford­able and going nowhere as per reviews.

    In any case i agree why just in a class­room ? there should be info democ­ra­cy every­where „, but who will ush­er it in for free?