The other day I was fortunate enough to test out the Microsoft Windows 8 tablet RT. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love using both PC and Mac. I work from both but I do have more Mac products than PC products. The last couple of posts I have been writing about how to effectively complete standardized testing on tablets and the gaps between what E-books should be and what they currently are in the educational environment.
After using the Microsoft Windows 8 tablet is apparent that the Windows 8 Tablet is better suited for a student-testing environment than any other tablet. The keyboard is excellent and the fact that it has a mouse track pad on the keyboard is the game changer for me personally. Not only did I see this as a great student-testing device, but as a great student and teacher working device. This tablet truly has the capability of replacing my laptop. Now lets get something clear. I love my iPad. I can work from my iPad, however after using the Windows 8 tablet it hit me that I can work much easier from that tablet than the iPad. Its not only the operating system that intrigues me, it is the keyboard, the stronger magnetic lock to the tablet, it’s the mouse track pad, it’s the way that its going to be able to be docked to a monitor or Desktop.
I am just happy to see some sort of competition to the iPads. Competition is only going to drive us to make harder and better decisions for our students no matter which platform we choose to use.