Ignore the numbers, the key thing is the trend in the graph:

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Moores Law is alive and well

I was reading something (I now can't find again to reference…. grrrr!) the other day that was claiming that the new iPhone5 has the same computing grunt as you needed a MacPro desktop machine to achieve less than a decade ago.  And that this is the first time that this has happened …. come wihin the decade timeframe.

So the smartphone/device that kids have in their pockets in a year or so will be pretty stunning I am thinking.  BIG implications for the classroom.  Time to get with the programme or get left in the dust (or run over by the bus?)

The iPad mini that is due to drop in a couple of weeks if the rumours are true will be an interesting beast too I think.  I know our son did a lot of work at school on an iPod touch before they rolled out their BYOD programme.  Just the transactional find stuff, confirm stuff, sorts of things … but levering the connectivity.

Do you really need a 'computer' when you have all the power these devices have?  When you can now upload files from a menu structure in iOS6 (finally!!) it enables the effective use of things like learning management systems and the like from an iPad too.  What can you do on a laptop that you can't do on a tablet device?  Or should the question be what do you actually want or need to do …?  It seems like the tablet/smartphone is going to be the 'computer' of choice for an increasing number of people.

Thoughts?

 

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