12% of iPad owners in the enterprise no longer use their laptop. So says IDG Connect
. Another 54% say they have “partly” replaced their laptop.
If we think this trend to tablets of one kind or another will continue–and I for one do–then we need weigh this carefully as we look at how we deploy devices in K12 schools. The idea of a mono-platform is already under attack (Forrester Research is encouraging businesses to take “decisive action” and support Macs–or “get run over.” See AppleInsider and Cult of Mac). Now, it seems that the idea of a mono-device is too.
I continue to hear (it was a common refrain at #edcampdelta) that the reason schools won’t move forward with deploying tablets is that students need to be prepared for the workforce, generally meaning a PC and MS Office. That the purpose of school is to prepare young people for the workforce is a severely limited idea of education, but as far as that goes it seems the world we are preparing our students for is not the one that is materializing before our (closed?) eyes.
Why, if we see the curriculum needs a rethink for the 21st C, do we not also think our picture of how we work with our devices also needs a rethink?
Update: See a good parallel and a little contrary thought on Ryan Bretag’s blog, Metanoia