Given that our school will also be ordering a large number of Ipad 2's for our primary students this year (grade 3 and under), I found it interesting that the device is making its way into more and more schools for different reasons. I read one article last week about an American school ordering them for Kindergarten students which made pretty big news. Using them as replacements for textbooks is interesting given recent news I have seen about the increase in Ebook readership.
I went to an Apple leadership conference a few weeks ago and there was a large focus in the presentations about the future shift in how academic content will be published. Apple is investing a lot of time and energy in offering digital academic content through Itunes U.
It will be interesting to see how this trend develops over the next few years as more and more tablets and other mobile devices become commonplace in schools. It will also be interesting to see how publishers evolve to adapt to these changes.