Do you think that schools will just go with the wifi version? This is going to be very interesting - I think that this could corner the market on a number of things because of all that it can do. I definately want to play with one and might have to be on my birthday wish list this year.
The first thing I thought of was to use the iPad instead of the iTouches I use with teachers. One of the things being pushed with the new Apple iPad is its usefulness as an e-reader. Looks like it has the size for it anyway. One tech blogger thought things could get ugly between Apple and Amazon with the Kindle. At $499 for the 16 GB, wifi (no 3G) version, the iPad is definitely in the Kindle's price-range. The iPad, however, will offer much more flexibility. Some teachers in my district have been using Stanza on the iPod Touch.
I had a great discussion with our computer technology teachers. They want to propose replacing their entire computer labs with iPads. To accomplish that, they need a good "Office Suite" program. We discussed how such a change could result in major ways in the way their classrooms are set up. I would enjoy using these devices in my classroom if I could access all of the software and hardware I have students use. For example - I find a "NEED" would be accessing and easily using the Thinking with Technology Tools site. I think I would need to play with the iPad for at least a month to determine how well it would function in the classroom. Any offers to support my willingness to pilot the iPad as a tool in education?
I'm sure the iPad could use Google Docs ... I, however, think it would be awesome to use iWorks on the iPad. My principal and I spoke for about 30 minutes after school. He wanted to know my opinion on how the iPad and similar technologies could be effectively used in our school. I'm thrilled to hear his thinking and willingness to consider changing how we do things . (I just try to manipulate behind the scenes like a good puppeteer!)