Thursday, August 13, 2009

Oh, Ye of Little Faith

Are you one of those hard-scrabbled doubting Thomases who insists on believing that education will not weave itself beautifully with technology?

I hope you are not. If you are not, and you are easily excited by the dovetailing of the most recent technological developments with education efforts that will inspire hordes of children to become the leaders of their generation, then you must get a whiff of this recent Apple technology rumor:

Apple is developing a touch-screen tablet PC and one of its versions will be for educational use.

From Gizmodo, your latest in plausible deniability:

They went on to say that although the project has been going on under various names between four and six years, the first prototype was built around the end of 2008. Adding, "The time to market from first prototype is generally 6-9 months." That would place the device's release date in this holiday season. They then said, "There was a question of what OS the device would run, too." (Other people I've talked to have implied this remains a huge secret.)

My call dropped on some windy road off skyline drive.

Later, I asked, was there a code name for the project?


I thought about it for a second, googled the term, and it all made sense.

"Don't publish that name, please, " they requested.

Don't worry, I won't.

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