Students prefer laptops over tablets
The results of a study conducted at Ball State suggest that college students use laptops for school work and phones for all kinds of things, but that tablets are a splurge to consider after graduating and getting a job. Only 29 percent of the students who participated in the survey had a tablet in 2014, a slight drop from earlier. This may indicate that tablet use by college students has plateaued. [Study: College students not embracing tablets as originally predicted]
I am not surprised. Last year, during a class discussion about tablets, I expected students would see them as useful, portable tools. Instead, the consensus was that iPads were for playing games and consuming media.
What now? Do we abandon all of our tablet initiatives and go back to what we were doing before 2010? No. We wait and see how developers make the devices more work-friendly. It’s going to happen. One indicator is the recent release of Microsoft Office for iPad.