Daring Fireball

One of the blogs I follow is John Gruber’s Daring Fireball, a blog that mainly links to other blog posts or stories, along with a short thought from Mr. Gruber. When it comes to technology issues, I find myself in agreement with Mr. Gruber most of the time, who is definitely on the pro-Mac side of the aisle.

In referring to another article, Mr. Gruber asks this:

Will the iPad’s long-term share be more like the iPod’s or the Mac’s? High-end and market-dominant? Or high-end but niche?

I think the iPad will be like the iPod–high-end and market-dominant–as long as the price remains competitive (it has); the available applications remain abundant, quality, and inexpensive (they have); the operating system remains intuitive (it has); and schools continue to adopt the device (they are).

If your child has and iPad, either kept at school, or traveling with the child 24/7, don’t you think it is more likely that homes will add another? Perhaps for every child? As we think about our middle school student (he goes into 6th grade next year), we’re already contemplating the relegation of this iPad (what I’m working on at the moment) to his use for school when the iPad 3 is released, perhaps to even take to school. My guess is that he won’t be the only kid to have an iPad on hand, either.

Things are scaling up for a presidential candidate to promise an iPad for every child, and a complete re-thinking of how American education is “done,” from class time requirements to how we purchase and use textbooks.

Note: I still think that the best solution for sustainability of iPad initiatives is for students to provide their own iPad and for schools to provide the resources–apps and textbooks (teacher-created) in ePub formats.

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