But Is It Practical?
Financing issues aside, could this theoretically happen? Would it be a smart move for schools to make? I'd have to save that, absolutely, having an iPad for every student in the school system would be incredibly helpful and allow people to do things that would be otherwise impossible. In fact, I'd venture a guess and say that there's at least one helpful function the iPad has for every school subject:
Geography: Imagine being able to map out locations, view great landmarks, and pinpoint historic points in a split second.
Math: Endless calculations can be made using the iPad's features, and notes can be taken and stored for later use.
English: Entire books can be read on the device, saving paper and time. You can also search through dictionaries and thesauruses on the fly, making reading easier.
Music: The array of musical applications on the iPad is nearly endless, but some key features include being able to play a little personal piano, figuring out note positions, and learning simple song structures.
On top of these four basic subjects, it's pretty easy to see where the benefits would outweigh the costs on all educational subjects. Additionally, schools would no longer need to buy textbooks, as digital books could be used directly on the iPad. This would, eventually, mean that the iPad could pay itself back over time. A great prospect, but if you don't have the money for an initial investment, you have to wait to make the purchase.