Georgia public schools are considering getting out of the textbook business all together and entering into an exclusive arrangement with Apple to have every kid in state schools set up with an iPad instead.
The tech geek in me loves it. And as a user of an iPad I think the mobile/tablet is a pretty revolutionary development that could be applied in amazing ways in education. But I have a little trepidation about any one company getting too many tentacles into state education systems.
Worth noting that Apple has long been, if not dominant, then a disproportionately large player in school computing. So my point isn’t to be alarmist. And I’m basically a full-fledged member of the Apple/Mac cult. But it seems worth some careful consideration.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.