[Air-L] To the other side of the digital divide - ipad anyone?

Mark Warschauer markw at uci.edu
Tue Apr 6 14:14:25 PDT 2010


I wrote some thoughts on it here:
http://papyrusnews.com/2010/02/03/thoughts-on-the-ipad/

That was before I tried it, but now that I've tried it my thoughts are
basically the same.  The summarized version is: (1) A turning point for
multi-touch, (2) A new entry point for children's computing, (3) Launching
of a new genre of media device, (4) A big step toward replacing print
textbooks, and (5) An eventual competitor as a laptop/desktop replacement

The only thing that I would add, after using it, is that its speed also is a
major breakthrough.  People have been talking a lot about the possibility of
ARM processors in netbooks (i.e., smartbooks), but, even with more powerful
Atom processors, netbooks are a bit sluggish. It's thus great to see Apple's
proof of concept that an ARM-based computing device can be so fast.

Mark Warschauer
Professor of Education and Informatics
University of California, Irvine
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On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 7:40 AM, Fouad Bajwa <fouadbajwa at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Has anyone bought or tried an ipad?
>
> What are your feelings about it and what solutions or backdrops do you
> find in it?
>
> We can only read news online about it here in Pakistan or watch a few
> product review videos.
>
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