One of the biggest trends in education is the use of tablets in the classroom. The iPad may be considered the head of the class when it comes to these devices, but there are other products out there that prove to be viable options for school use. Some of these tablets are even designed specifically for education.
Take for example, the Kineo tablet made by Brainchild. Kineo allows for Internet browsing, but can be programmed to block certain websites so students are not etempted to stray from course material. Another education tablet, the Intel Studbook has a rear-facing camera that can double as a microscope. These small seven-inch tablets are perfect for elementary school classrooms that may not need the larger multimedia capabilities of a traditional tablet. For those that do, there is always the Google Nexus 7, which is still half the price of the iPad.
However, tablets aren’t the only option for schools. An e-reader can also be a good choice depending on the needs of a particular school or the class in which the device will be used. Courses that require heavy reading may benefit from an e-reader like the Jetbook color, which uses E Ink, a display technology that is said to be easier on the eyes. Unlike the LCD screen used by most tablets, e-readers that use E Ink do not have a backlight.
According to Sriram Peruvemba the chief marketing officer at E Ink, e-reader displays rely on ambient light, which is reflected off the surface of the display. “LCD screens have a backlight