Penguin has put together a video demonstrating a collection of possible apps for Apple’s iPad and similar tablet devices with touch input and e-book capability. This is very cool stuff:
Once again, I think devices like the iPad will be the best way to go 1:1 with students rather than laptops or netbooks. The simple interface can be manipulated by all age groups, even before the required development for mice and keyboards. They may not be cheaper than netbooks, but they’ll be easier to manage, deploy, and replace, and that may make up for the cost.
We haven’t preordered an iPad at the school I work for yet, but we’d like to see one in action soon.
(For a previous post with a longer rant on why tablet e-books are going to rock, click here.)