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May 08, 2010

iPad available on May 28 - will it transform education?

overview_ibooks_20100403.jpgThe iPad will be available in Japan on May 28. It can be ordered as early as this coming Monday, but the price has not been announced yet.

There has been a lot of speculation on how much effect the iPad will have on education. e-textbooks have not really caught on yet, and the iPad could be the catalyst that changes this. The iPod and iTunes have transformed the way we buy and listen to music, and the iPhone has transformed the mobile phone industry. Will the iPad do the same with textbooks?

Buzz Garwood wrote recently in his influential 'This Week in Ed Tech' blog: 'I'm not suggesting it will ultimately be the iPad itself that will absolutely find its way into mainstream classrooms across the country - it could be a similar product by a yet-to-be-known start up company- or possibly a next-generation Kindle, who knows? But one day, I think people will attribute the iPad as being the device that unleashed digital e-book content, especially e-text books, into classrooms around the world.'

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