I found this 1960s proto-iPad in one of New York’s fantastic flea markets. It brings back memories of building computers out of refrigerator crates in the garage and watching Commander J. J. Abrams in the Forbidden Planet.
Yet fundamentally, as a device, the iPad isn’t much different.
What is different is the eco-system around the iPad, namely the web. (Likewise, the genius of the iPod was not the device but iTunes and downloading music for 99¢)
What this says to me is we should not be asking, How can we use iPads in the classroom? That’s 50-year old thinking. We should be asking, How can we use the web in the classroom?