Apple iPad Mini May Cause Problems For Education, McGraw Hill Exec Says

Amid the suite of new products Apple unveiled alongside the iPad Mini at an event on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook also brought up Apple’s leading role in education, highlighting the fact that the older full-size iPad had already been adopted by 2,500 classrooms around the U.S. in the two and a half years since it was first introduced.

“One of the things that is so rewarding and so amazing to us is how quickly iPad has been embraced in education,” Cook said. “Administrators, teachers and students have found iPad to be an incredible learning tool.”

But the new iPad Mini and updated full-size iPad may not help schools as much as Apple would like, and may even create some headaches for students and teachers at first, according to an executive at one of Apple’s foremost educational publishing partners, McGraw Hill Education, which has a line of over 50 interactive textbooks for the iPad that it developed with another company, Inkling.

“The almost instantaneous obsolescence of the new iPad was a bit of a surprise,” said Vineet Madan, senior vice president at McGraw Hill Education, in a phone interview with TPM. “If I were a teacher who had spent the last pennies of his or her budget buying new iPads for students a few months ago, I don’t know if I’d be too happy waking up and finding out that there’s a new iPad with a completely different connector cable now.”

Read the rest of the story from TPM’s Carl Franzen…