Steve Jobs has died. We all knew he was dying, yet it’s a shock to know he’s gone. Mike Malone, who knew Jobs as a neighbor and classmate and reported on his rise, writes about the visionary, risk-taking entrepreneur.
He made a huge impact on education technology, notes Ed Week.
In the less than two years since Jobs stood on stage in his characteristic black mock turtleneck and blue jeans and introduced the iPad, Apple’s tablet computer has exploded on the educational scene. In the third quarter of fiscal year 2011, the iPad surpassed all of Apple’s educational Mac desktop and laptop computer sales combined. Its popularity with classroom teachers, educators have said, is due a combination of its portability, long battery life, and intuitiveness of use, especially for young students and students with disabilities such as autism.
The iPhone, meanwhile, has helped give rise to an education app culture that has convinced a growing number of educators to advocate allowing students to bring their own mobile computing devices to class as educational tools.
Ubiquitous, cheap access to information is here. This week, India announced rural students and teachers will be able to buy a $35 tablet computer.
The Aakash has a color screen and provides word processing, Web browsing and video conferencing. The Android 2.2-based device has two USB ports and 256 megabytes of RAM.
Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli called for competition to improve the product and drive prices down further.
“The intent is to start a price war. Let it start,” Tuli said, inviting others to do the job better and break technological ground – while still making a commercially viable product.
India’s goal is a $10 computer.