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I’m buying iPads for classroom use. Should I get the iPad2 or the new one?

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Now that the big announcements are out about the new iPad and the new price breaks on the iPad2, you may be wondering which to purchase for student, teacher, or administrator use.

According to MSNBC (2012), improvements to the iPad include:

  • Support for 4G.
  • More memory.
  • Higher resolution display and video camera.

So, how important are these new features?

  • MISD doesn’t buy data plans for iPads, and 4G coverage is very limited in our area.
  • The apps and media that we use haven’t approached the limitations of our iPads.
  • The higher resolution camera and display are supposed to be really amazing on the new iPad. The camera and display on the iPad2 are also great for instructional use.

Some new iPad users have complained about their devices getting too warm (Crothers, 2012).

So, for now, we recommend the iPad2.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Karen Swanson #

    I’m confused. What does “The apps and media that we use haven’t approached the limitations of our iPads” mean?

    March 22, 2012
    • We have not yet experienced any performance issues associated with inadequate system resources while using the iPad2. Apps are running well. The media stored on iPad2s (text, audio, video, images) for classroom use haven’t exceeded the storage or processing limitations of the iPad2.

      March 22, 2012
  2. Debbie Clark #

    This is great information to know and to share with others. Thanks for the update.

    March 22, 2012

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