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The iPad in Education: Colleges Give iPads to All Incoming Students

Seton Hill University plans to give every first year undergraduate student a 13″ MacBook and an iPad. Just last month, George Fox University in Oregon also announced that it plans to give its new students a choice between a MacBook or an iPad. The question, though, is if programs like this aren’t a bit premature, given that nobody has actually used the device yet and that we don’t really know how well the iPad will work for textbooks and other school-related activities.

Can the iPad Succeed Where the Kindle Failed?

So far, Amazon’s Kindle and other e-book readers haven’t made a major dent in the textbook market and the early experiments with e-textbooks on the Kindle have been met with little success. At the same time, though, textbook publishers (who are always looking for ways to cut down on the used book market) will surely embrace the iPad, either by publishing books through their own apps and bookstores, or by releasing books through Apple’s, Amazon’s or B&N’s e-book stores.

Interactive Textbooks

Given the amount of interactivity that’s possible with books on the iPad, we can only hope that publishers will make good use of the device’s capabilities. While just publishing a static book on the iPad might be good enough for some subjects, Penguin’s recent demonstration of interactive books clearly shows the potential of interactive books on the iPad. At the same time, though, publishing textbooks is already an expensive business, so it remains to be seen how many interactive textbooks we will actually see.

(via: TUAW)

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