Well you knew it would only be a matter of time before we would start seeing Android tablets. Actually, we began to see some even before the iPad released. Of course, I would never consider some of these imports, especially those ‘looking’ like an iPad, but with offerings from Dell, Archos, Cisco (yes, the Android tablet/pro phone), and now Samsung, we see a lot of opportunities.
So, where do we see tablets at for K-12 schools? That is a good question. Personally, I still do not quite grasp the whole 1:1 fad. Yes, I think all children should have ready access to technology. Does this mean they need a notebook on their desk at all times? Not so much. In my ideal school, I see computer labs still, when you need all students to complete an activity at the same time. That could be desktops or a laptop/netbook cart. For the classroom, I see kiosks. 5-7 computers/laptops/netbooks/tablets or some type of combination. I see center-driven instruction, where the students can use the equipment as they need it. Like adults, we do not always need the computer for work, but it is there when we need it. I see the same model necessary for students.
For K-12, the problem with many of the tables (iPad, Samsung Tab, etc) is the recurring costs of connectivity. I guess many do provide a wifi only model, and if that’s the case for the model you look at, great, but what about schools and areas without great wifi deployed? I definitely see us looking at tablets in the near future though, whether with iPads or ones like the Samsung Galaxy S Tab. I think for most of what students use technology for, this will work. We tried netbooks, and still use them, tablets would just be another tool to add to our arsenal to increase access. That is the main goal for us.