It seems that every day we are hearing about another school committing to a digital approach to teaching, and how they are investing huge amounts of money into a variety of Apple products, namely iPads. Forgoing the multitude of other tablets on the market, which are often a considerable amount cheaper, schools are ploughing an awful lot of money into a commitment with Apple products, and the real question has to be - why? Why opt for the iPad today, when there are now so many other alternatives available?

 

Apps, guided access, profiles

 

There is no doubting that the iPad itself has a much larger roster of sophisticated apps, and this can be of great appeal to school systems. Combine that with the fact that most developers are looking to launch on iPads first, it means that you are setting yourself up well for the future, being on a platform which will receive software you are interested before anyone else. No matter what subjects you are looking to teach through iPads, you would find it impossible not to find something to your suiting on the App Store marketplace.

 

The guided access feature of iOS has been present since iOS6, and allows those who want to restrict iPad usage to one particular app that ability. By setting up a passcode and highlighting on the screen the areas you are going to allow the child to access, you can quickly eliminate any issues around children accessing inappropriate content. You can also make sure that when they are using the iPads, they are using the content you want them to use, and not being distracted by other apps and media.

 

Profiles for iOS control the software, and effectively tell the software just what the system as a whole is allowed to do. Originally used by the phone networks to tell the phone certain network information, profiles are being deployed by businesses for a number of reasons. They allow added security, can request certain information from particular apps to be monitored, and give you a higher level of control over day-to-day use.

 

These are three factors which help solidify the iPads popularity in the education market.

 

The Alternatives

 

When the iPad launched, there was very little on the market like it. Now, over three years since the release of the original model, the market is overflowing with similar models and alternatives. In fact, it could be argued that these days it is harder to buy a poor tablet than a good one. Android tablets own the biggest marketshare next to the iPad, and the tablets direct from Google offer the biggest draws for the education market. Given Google's commitment