A Victorian Government initiative to rollout 500 iPads to students in a trial should not concern non-Apple channels or notebook providers, an education reseller claims.
A recent report revealed the Victorian College of the Arts as one of several schools to receive iPads under a new Victorian Government trial and claimed students were highly positive about using the iPad during school time.
Computelec is one of the largest specialist ICT providers in Australian education and stands to lose out should the iPad begin to cannibalise tablet or netbook PC rollouts to educational institutions. However, its CEO, David Labozzetta, claimed the iPad lacked the functionality of a fully-featured tablet or netbook, and struggled to see the place it would have in schools.
“We don’t think it will help with education,” he said. “I won’t say the trial is doomed to failure, because I don’t know what the Government was looking for in terms of outcomes, but if it doesn’t add value to schools, it’s not something they’ll take on.”
Labozzetta was similarly dismissive of the potential for e-readers, such as Amazon’s Kindle. Like the iPad, Amazon and competing vendors don’t use a channel strategy to go to market, but have also been put forward as having potential educational applications. Labozzetta said e-reader devices lacked the features to cannibalise the tablet market.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of hype around these devices at the moment, but we don’t see an impact in the long run,” he said.