Though many people label tablet computers as “mobile” devices, how they are used today tells a different story. One indication that tablets aren’t that mobile (beyond the home) is when they are being used. Another is how many are being connected to mobile networks.
Note: I realize cellular network connections are only one measure of “mobility”. The other set of data I reference above highlights when tablets are being used and shines some additional light on the situation. In additional studies tablet owners said 30% of their time spent with their device was while watching TV and 21% lying in bed.
Warren Claflin, via Lukew.com.
What we are reading: One of our favorite end of year lists discusses online news and how it evolved in 2010. It was the year of the iPad and Wikileaks, and Twitter was as strong as ever. The article also talks about paywalls and experiments in online news, like Today’s Guardian. Read the full article here.
Tablets like the iPad will outnumber classroom computers within 5 years, a new survey says.
The survey asked 25 educational technology directors to describe their schools’ current and predicted use of tablets. All 25 were already using the iPad in the classroom. (No Android-based tablets are currently in use.) The deployment of iPads will be so thorough, it has been suggested, that it threatens to make obsolete the practice of lugging around textbooks…
In a recent interview with The Daily, James Peak, an educational consultant for Mindshapes, a London-based developer of educational apps, called the iPad the “single most significant innovation” in the classroom yet, and one that is “literally the best thing you can use” to help students learn more efficiently.