Careful Recommendation of iPad for Students

This weekend I need to write up a recommendation for our incoming freshman about how the iPad will satisfy their academic computing needs and what support options will be available to them from our IT organization. And I will need to be truthful. I probably can’t qualify my statements with a fallback like you have to believe that Apple will release that feature or they are bound to offer that service eventually. So just to give you a quick review. The lack of a clear printing option is an embarrassment especially for addressing the needs of a college student. Multitasking at least to the the extent mentioned for the iPhone 4 needs to show up sooner then later on the iPad. And the iPad needs some semblance of a file system or at least the ability to send or receive files to and from Internet Web sites. For the college student the iPad should be able to export a file to their LMS system’s homework dropbox.

I know that Apple is still trying to figure out how this iPad will be positioned and how long the techies will accept these feature crippling strategies. Unfortunately today we don’t have a choice. The iPad is in a category by itself with enough features to justify our acceptance. But you know, those iPad competitors are not far off. It will not be hard to duplicate the E-Reader and web surfing features. So when the competition finally hits the street offering file interaction for limited creation and editing. That is when we will see Apple rev the OS and reclaim the loyalty of their technical users. I just ask that Apple go their sooner then later, trust that you will sell just as many Macs after opening up the iPad.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith has retired. His last position was the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on April 28, 2010, in Apple, iPad, iPhone and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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