11 a.m. PST - Steve Jobs just announced the much anticipated iPad - a touchscreen tablet computer.
From the many tweets and blogs I've been following about this, it's described as a giant, touchscreen iPhone. The iPad weighs about 1.5 pounds, is 0.5 inch thin, has a 9.7-inch display and should have a battery life of 10 hours. For more information on the specs of the iPad, I've found this article helpful.
I'm wondering how this innovative product will affect the education sector. There's a great article on msnbc about the current e-reader market.
"Last year, about 3 million e-readers were sold. Estimates are another 6 million will be sold in 2010 according to the Yankee Group. The Kindle, which has a 6-inch screen and sells for $259, has the bulk of the e-reader sales."
"There are about 6 million people who are gearing up this year to buy an e-reader. And they’re going to spend between $250 and $700 on it," said James McQuivey, Forrester Research principal analyst. "They are already people who care about media, and who are willing to spend money on media."
One of the many benefits projected about the iPad, is the ease it creates of consuming multiple types of media in a very mobile fashion.
The tablet's "most revolutionary impact is on the way people consume media in the home," he said. "You take it from room to room, you dock it next to your bed, it becomes your alarm clock. You dock in the living room, it’s a photo frame and a video server for your TV; you dock it in the kitchen, and it displays your recipes for you."
Can you imagine a classroom that has this mobile and instantaneous sharing of information? Please let us know what information you've found out about Apple's new iPad and your predictions on how it will affect education in years to come.