Sounds great to me. I read several reviews considering I don't have one to play around with myself, and the reviews are good (here's one: ZDNet).
I love the probe attachment and microscope lens.
The one big question I have about any technology roll-out is a plan for maintenance. The cost of the tablets is very reasonable and they appear to be very rugged, but will they come with any kind of extended guarantee?
I agree with Eric, the Intel StudyBook looks like a great learning tool. Also, along with him, I'd most love having my students use the probe attachment and microscope lens--both would offer such increased hands-on learning of material. I, too, like the StudyBooks appear so rugged and can handle water, dust, drops, etc.
Great to hear about...but, too, with our budgets---it's tough...
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing. The INTEL Studybook sounds like an affordable collaborative tool. Students can work in collaborate groups to document change, research topics, solve inquiry based problems and keep notes during the process. A class set of five is a great start and can be used to effectively teach strategies to help teachers move in the direction of exploratory/problem based learning.
I really like this tool as it can be so useful within a science lab. Just wondering how many schools will actually purchase this tool. With the very strained budgets that school districts already have, I'm not sure how many will actually be purchased by them. I'm sure the students will love this tool and if it's within their price range, they will purchase and I'm sure they will even find even more uses for the studybook.
The positive is that it's water resistant and also its ruggedization. I like the fact that there is a usb port and that it can be used as a time lapse camera or even a microscope.
The biggest concern is will the teachers open their arms to allow this tool within their classroom or will they hesitate because it's something new. Many teachers need to be trained first in order to really see the benefits. Will there be training? Maybe the students could be the ones who train the teachers in the use of this technology tool.