Tuesday, January 10, 2012

XO-3 at CES: Are Tablets for Kids the Future of Education?

Are tablets for kids going to be the biggest thing for education in 2012?

While there are a lot of great iPad apps for kids
available, let’s be honest--the iPad is a bit pricey for most parents to justify getting one just for their child. And sharing can be difficult, especially if your personal iPad is also used for business.

Luckily, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), One Laptop per Child, a non-profit organization, debuted the XO-3--a rugged tablet for children that will cost around $100.

While it’s still in the prototype phase, the XO-3 seems to revolutionize tablet computing, making them even easier to use for kids, and most of all, more affordable for parents and organizations. In the next few years, tablets are speculated to become a huge part of education.

Rather than having to carry around enormous loads of books, everything could be stored on one device. But then again, there are those that still believe traditional methods of education are better.

Do you think tablets will play a big role in schools within the next few years, or are they just a soon to be dead fad, like netbooks. Share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.

See the tablet prototype in action at CES:

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