Our small private high school is looking to add a middle school next year and one of the enhancements is to add a 1:1 program. The first year would be about 25 6th graders and 25 7th graders with the intention of having the whole school of about 400-500 6-12 kids going 1:1 in two years.
We were looking at netbooks, but then the iPad arrived and we are heavily leaning in that direction. Price, ease of use, apps, portability, ebooks, battery life, and control being the main attractions. The lack of a real keyboard and no flash support being the potential drawbacks.
I've perused the iPod Touch in schools thread, but this a slightly different device with more emphasis on content creation and printing. Despite my newbie status, I thought it might be worthy of it's own thread.
I guess what I am looking for is opinions and insights on the best methods for restrictions, sharing files, and apps for classroom use.
Right now I'm leaning toward installing only the apps we want and locking it down as hard as possible. Wannabe Jail breakers can enjoy their time in public school. :)
Thoughts and opinions?
BTW: let's please not turn this into a Apple vs PC tablet fight. We are a 99% Windows school and I'm aware the HP Win7 Tegra based tablet is on the horizon and Google has stuff up their sleeve as well. Let's try to make this about strategies and ideas for the iPad and not a flame-fest.