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French School Opens Apple iPad Lab

Grenoble Ecole de Management, a French educational institution, has announced that they will be testing the "pedagogical advantages of the iPad" on 40 or so of their students from the beginning of September 2010 as part of their "innovation laboratory".

Apart from the fact that they've already agreed on the fact that the iPad has inherent advantages compared to other learning media, the school sees the Apple tablet as a holistic learning solution.

Béatrice Nerson, deputy director of the Grenoble school explains that "The iPad is perfectly suited in terms of its vast experimental learning capacity" while the head of the Innovation Laboratory, Marc Humbert, asks whether the iPad will replace PCs.

Selected students will also be looking at a host of other pedagogical resources and tools as part of the "Innovative Information Management" including serious games, mind mapping, e-Readers, smartphones & Microsoft SharePoint applications and an HP tablet.

It is not the first time that the iPad is used in the education sector. A number of colleges in the US have already started to give out free or subsidised iPads to their students who prefer to use it because of its size. Not only can it store thousands of manuals and books, it can also play various media, be used as a notepad and much more.

ITProPortal has also launched a contest inviting prospective and current iPad owners to get up to £500 worth of iPad accessories (including iPad Apps and Apple iTunes Credit) simply by submitting the list of accessories they'd like to have. Simples!!

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.