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Textbook of the Future: The hardware

Feb 02, 2012, 13:02 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

[ Thanks to Jason Perlow for this link. ]

"So BYOD is probably not doable. What you want is a standardized piece of hardware that is durable, is fairly inexpensive, is easily managed from the educator's perspective for controlling what is learned in and out of the classroom, and has zero value from a theft perspective. The device needs to be brick-able by the management software if stolen.

"What we're really talking about is something that more resembles a vertical market-type of device than something that exists today in the consumer space like an iPad or a full-size Android tablet.

"If we are looking to educate K-12 with electronic textbooks and other multimedia learning materials (Web, videos, audio, apps) we want something that gets the job done but is not necessarily at the state of the art of what exists in in the consumer space."

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