Bye bye books

Interesting to see today talking up the ipad for students, and there’s been two or three similar positive articles on this bit of technology from the normally conservative side of the press. It’s interesting the take on the ipad too; that it will replace books, and that kids won’t have to lug a giant bag to school (see kid in background)

But is the attraction that students will remain receptive and non-participatory too perhaps? This is a content consumption tool, not a content creation tool and, like the Interactive white board, nothing much is disrupted by students having all their Maths and Chemistry books on the ipad screen. All is as it was.

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