iPad Succeeds in Reed College Educational Trial

In 2010, Reed College evaluated the Apple iPad’s capabilities as an educational device and found it to be highly effective, a stark contrast to their previous experience with the Kindle DX in 2009. The Kindle DX was not well-received in educational settings, but the iPad received positive feedback for its user-friendly interface and efficient navigation, as detailed in discussions with Fast Company by CTO Martin Ringle.

The findings from the iPad trial at Reed College highlighted the device’s smooth, responsive touchscreen which facilitated easy reading and interaction within the classroom.

Students found it simpler to navigate through text and make annotations on the iPad compared to the Kindle, which relied on a more cumbersome navigation pointer.

Despite its many advantages, the iPad’s virtual keyboard was noted as a drawback for extended writing tasks. This issue could be overcome by using an external keyboard, which offers a more traditional typing experience, though at an additional cost.

Other challenges included syncing and file management, particularly with PDFs via iTunes, which was a slow process and made document retrieval cumbersome. Utilizing apps like Good Reader could help alleviate these file management issues.

The report from Reed College also hinted at a broader acceptance of Android tablets in educational environments, suggesting that if these devices meet the necessary criteria of affordability and functionality, they could see widespread adoption in schools in the future.

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