Pic 1. Kianna’s books
Pic 2. Kianna’s books on iPad
Pic 3. Kianna carrying her book bag (note how she leans forward)
Pic 2. Kianna carrying her purse carrying her iPad
The first phase of a digital textbook initiative backed by Governor Schwarzenegger provided some California High School classes access to digital textbooks in the fall of 2009. “This first-in-the-nation initiative will reduce education costs … and help ensure every California student has access to a world-class education,” stated Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The long term cost savings could be huge. According to a fact sheet published by the office of the governor, “The average textbook costs about $75 to $100 per student. For a school district with about 10,000 high school students, the use of free digital textbooks in just science and math classes could save up to $2 million dollars.”
I’m with The Tome Terminator on this one. With digital learning tools like the iPad, we can save money while providing a “world-class education.” On a ‘lighter’ note, pun intended, while we are saving money we might be able to save our children’s backs/posture too. Have you carried a stack of textbooks lately? Meet my daughter Kianna, 105 pounds… 125 pounds with book bag. No wonder kids ‘forget’ to bring their textbooks home from school.
So let’s join with Arnold I’ll be Back to School Schwarzenegger and SkyNet, eh, I mean Apple, and embrace the future of education.
Apple iPad – where textbooks become multi-media learning centers.
Reference: Leading the Nation Into a Digital Textbook Future – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
We have many iPad use case scenarios queued up, but could always use more. Please comment and share your iPad ideas below.