Today I have a couple or three random things to post in one place. First, an interesting read in Macleans, one that I wish we had seen and read before we our twins came home to live with us.
Next random thing is my latest test drive. We took a Nissan Leaf out for a test drive. I edited the video down to just under 7 minutes. Have a look and listen.
And finally, iPads…the future of textbooks? Perhaps not. Did you know that every time you purchase a textbook it is a purchase for that ONE user. Whereas when a school buys a textbook they can use it year after year after year, the iPad textbook needs to be repurchased for each user.
Of course an iPad textbook costs approximately $20 whereas the paper copy is $70-$100 and the iPad text is interactive and can be updated easily. The paper copy can be used for 5, 6, 7 or more years and be handed from class to class. Say a $100 text is used five times, that makes the cost approximately $20 a year. Same as the iPad textbook cost.
Of course with a textbook you do have to carry the bulky thing around, typically in your backpack. But a backpack can be purchased for $20-$50 and that purchase is made by the student or the students’ parents.
On the other hand, an iPad textbook is much less bulky but has to be carried around in a, well, an iPad. That iPad costs between $500 and $1000. And that cost is carried by the school or school district.
So is the iPad textbook the way of the future? Perhaps for post-secondary students it is. I’m not sure that it is economically feasible for the K-12 system yet. Time will tell.