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Cloud Tablet for Education Answered

I am a teacher and have seen a great deal of technology in education. Unfortunately most of the time it is poorly executed. The latest trend is tablets. I see schools getting iPad and I have to wonder if there is not a cheaper solution. One where we make tablets affordable and easy to use.

I am not saying that the iPad is not an excellent tool, but it is very expensive and most of the teachers I work with would be lost with how to use it effectively. I think that the platform is excellent and that the iPad is the best you can get in its area.

I would like to explore how a cloud based tablet would work in education. I know that with cloud computing you can use hardware that costs less with no problem. I have looked into Joli OS as a possible operating system for such a tablet, but I am an English teacher.

I need help. Someone or several someones who can help me wrap my brain around the best way to do this. I have no experience in programming. I am very familiar with computers, but the learning curve with what I want to do it steep. I am looking for a partner to explore this idea. Failing that I would like some advice.

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doncrush (author)2012-05-06

There has been alot of buzz about HP's decision to turn WebOS into open source. I don't know whats out there using WebOS but this might be an avenue to pursue.

For non-techies:

open source = dynamic, vibrant, and free... but higher admin requirements.

closed source = iPads, Windows, etc. More mainstream, less admin required, but not "the future".

My opinion only...but I think the more education gravitates to open source hardware and softwarey the more education will prepare the next generation for STEM requirements.

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ehudwill (author)doncrush2012-05-06

Thanks for the help. I will check those things out. I agree with your assessment of closed and open source.

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Kiteman (author)2012-05-06

So, you're looking for a cheap wifi tablet, with minimum on-board memory, running software and storing data in a cloud?

At my school, we use cheap Toshiba netbooks. The software is on-board, but the data is on the school's server, and the kids can access it online via their home computers.

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ehudwill (author)Kiteman2012-05-06

Your first sentence is correct. Do you know what kind of software is used on the netbooks and servers to make that happen?

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Kiteman (author)ehudwill2012-05-06

It's simple wifi, with the data on a website.

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