Consider these statistics shared by Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Monday:

But what about Google? Last week, Eric Schmidt reiterated that they are activating 200,000 Android devices per day, and have around 90,000 apps in their app store. For comparison, Apple has activated around 275,000 iOS devices per day on average for the past 30 days, with a peak of almost 300,000 iOS devices per day on a few of those days. And Apple has 300,000 apps on its App Store.

That is a LOT of smartphone activations. How are teachers at your school doing moving their entire curriculum into an online, blended model? Maybe it’s time to revise that timetable… or start it.

Jobs went on to briefly address the iPad in both education and the business marketplace:

The iPad is clearly gonna affect notebook computers. And I think the iPad proves it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. And there’s I think a lot of development and progress over the next few years. But we’re already seeing tremendous interest in iPad from education and, much to my surprise, from business. We haven’t pushed it real hard in business, and it’s being grabbed out of our hands. And I talk to people every day in business, in all kinds of businesses, that are using iPads. All the way from boards of directors that are shipping iPads around instead of board books, down to nurses and doctors and hospitals, and other large and small businesses.

So the more time that passes, the more I am convinced that we’ve got a tiger by the tail here, and this is a new model of computing which, you know, we’ve already got tens of millions of people already trained on with the iPhone. And that lends itself to lots of different aspects of life, both personal, educational, and business. So I see it as very general purpose, and I see it as really big. And the timing, one could argue about the timing endlessly, but I don’t think one could argue that it’s gonna happen anymore.

The learning revolution is well underway, and if your school has not embraced a blended model for learning as well as 1:1 computing with some kind of mobile device you’re already WAY behind. The only way we can hope to thrive today is to collaborate and come together behind leaders with vision for TRANSFORMATIONAL models of learning. Those people may not be sitting on your school board today, but they may be reading this post.

It’s time to be the change. Watch Dr Tim Tyson tomorrow and listen carefully. Prepare for local action. We simply MUST come together to share a vision for transformed, blended learning in our communities today, and then act together in support of that vision.

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3 Responses to Smartphone activations, iPad Sales and Vision for Transformed Learning

  1. Crudbasher says:

    If you look at technology adoption on a graph you can see the timelines are getting shorter. I was reading the other day about how Pearson is creating iPad curriculum and schools are trying to include the iPad. Keep in mind the iPad was announced at the end of January. 10 months. Things will keep getting faster and faster. I still think that many schools won’t be able to keep up which will create mass disruption (of the good kind).

  2. Leigh Setser says:

    Hi Mr. Fryer! My name is Leigh and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I read your post as an assignment for my class EDM 310. I will be commenting on another blog post of yours the week of November 1. I will then summarize the two blog posts in my blog. Feel free to check it out! http://setserleighedm310.blogspot.com/ I really enjoyed reading your post. We are learning about using technology in education and I have been learning about some of the uses of the iPad. My professor, Dr. Strange, uses an iPad. On the first day of class that is what he had they syllabus and all of his notes on. He just read right off of the screen and didn’t have to fuss with any papers. I think it is very important for teachers to have a blended curriculum with their students. I also agree that if not, they will be WAY behind. Not only is it important, but I believe it is fun! Children will love learning the new tools and as a teacher I feel like I will be exciting about learning too. It definitely is time to change. Hopefully more educators will jump on the bandwagon!

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