While educational institutions all over the world are following the iPad route for their digital learning process, schools in Charlottesville have gone for the rather ‘unconventional’ Windows 7 based tablet, as the preferred device to allow for digital learning. The device of choice for the Charlottesville City Schools also known as CCS is the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 tablet. Students from six to twelve would be given this tablet for aiding their learning process. Security features that are embedded in the tablets as well as the durability factor have weighed the decision of the authorities towards this rather than the iPad.
Clearly, the one thing (though surely not the only thing) about the iPad that did not impress the school authorities is that the iPad with its glass panel is something that cannot stand much of a shock or drops. The Q550 has a better durable structure in this case and is better suited for use by the Students. There is also the issue of the Q550 running on Windows which IT managers feel is more adept for managing remotely.
What will be interesting to see is how the student community respond to the use of the Fujitsu Windows tablet when most of their counterparts are making do with the Apple iPad.