The iPad has become famous the world over for helping to usher in an era of a paperless office. Today, teachers around the world are contemplating the usefulness of the iPad at the college campus. Many believe that the iPad has two significant features that will allow students to enhance their learning experience.
Firstly, the iPad is capable of mixing a wide variety of educational information on a single platform. Imagine thinking of a topic and being able to access a range of articles, videos and audio presentations. Secondly, the iPad could drastically cut down on the amount of textbooks students have to carry each year. Instead of the many textbooks and notes, students can resort to digital textbooks and organize all their notes on the iPad.
Currently digital books account for around 2.8 % of $5.8 billion in sales of new, used and electronic textbooks in 2009. That is expected to increase by more than 10% by 2012. Furthermore, in 2009, around 15% of all college courses offered digital textbooks.
However, even those enthusiastic about the iPad concede that a transformation from the traditional textbook environment to a digital era would take a lot of time and would need to overcome a multitude of obstacles. One of the immediate concerns is the opposition from the older generation of teachers who are against the creeping levels of technology in college classrooms.
Therefore, attitudes need to change before the iPad can be welcomed in as a standard educational tool. Furthermore, college campuses and students will find it difficult to adopt the iPad very quickly due to the recent recession. Lastly, even though the iPad is a great tool, many would like to see more classroom friendly features adapted before it is recommended for general use.