Since its inaugration in April 2010, and 250 million total sales later, Apple came up with the iPad Pro 9.7". From a thickness of 13.4mm to 6.1mm in the space of four years. Everyday education apps are being created, Khan Academy began a digital stage of educating the younger generation, and in America, iPads are being used to educate people. But here in the UK, traditional PCs and laptops are being used, and over time they will too become obsolete, and lacking, in this area; Apple is top dog. The IOS software works flawlessly alongside educational apps, and its simple interface allows for it to be child friendly. However many health experts are questioning the effect of technology on younger children, and I too find myself agreeing on what they believe. That technology can affect their life and health massively. Obesity among young children is on the rise, junk food and indoor media consumption is seriously affecting their social lives, as they want to play games on their computers or mobile devices, rather than have a kick about at the park.
In terms of infrastructure, the iPad has come far enough to be used for a long time without being needed to be replaced. The friendly touch screen will make it easier for children who unfortunately suffer from conditions such as autism and ADHD. Subjects such as media or art would be more interesting with allowing children to experiment with an iPad. Efficiency can be improved, as many families would have access to a mobile device of sorts, and a child could complete their work on the device and have it sent through an app. Some children struggle due to dyslexia, and it is complicated for them to write, an iPad could offer a more interactive experience.
For secondary schools, an iPad would allow for more mature students, to utilise the iPad when learning in lessons, with note taking functions, the internet would allow for a more immediate access to information. Students from less priveleged backgrounds, may not have the latest of technology, and for the school to provide an iPad for their education, would allow for them to stay up to touch in classes. Foreign students who may have trouble with the English Language, applications would allow for information they do not understant to be translated. Their English skills can be improved, and their potential can also be extended.
The cost would however be an issue depending on which model would be purchased. The budget could be extended to cover the costs, and there are cheaper variants of the iPad that are available. Insurance options can be offered by various companies, and these would cover the costs of any damages that may occur to any iPads. Rugged and shockproof cases can defend iPads from falls from a height, and would be immune to any damage a child could throw at it. Overall I believe that iPads could change the education system as we know it, and for the better, as long as the screen exposure to children is limited to an extent.