Nothing like a “Stop The Presses!”
moment to get those editorial juices flowing.
Just as we were putting the finishing touches
to this month’s issue—which extolled the virtues
and potentials of tablet devices like the HP
Touchpad in the classroom—came the news
that HP was discontinuing the product and its
newfangled webOS operating system after only a few months.
This stunning announcement had me stop and ponder our longrunning
assertion that tablet devices (a.k.a. iPads and all of the
other ones) are the ultimate textbook killer. After all, it’s easy for
us to say as much, but when a company pulls back on a multibillion
dollar bet it’s good to go back and reevaluate.
After further review, our assertion stands. Many of our educator/
reporter/advisors have pointed to tablets as game changers
over the past several months (see the latest in our product guide
on page 38). We have watched students as they get their hands
on these things. They become engaged, even enraptured, with
mathematic twitch apps and fully animated curricula. They take
the initiative to dig deeper into something they are reading with
a Google search (if they have bandwidth anyway). And, for the
record, no student seemed to be to thrown off by the touch
screen keyboard, like adults are.
While we did have to pull the cover images and review of the
HP Touchpad, they will be posted as an obituary online at www.techlearning.com. There you can read David Andrade’s initial
review of the Touchpad as well as his thoughts now that he owns
a piece of technology history. You can also watch our first-ever
student review, which turns out to hold some prescient wisdom.
Do you have students who want to review for us? Email me, and
I’ll send you details.