so that students can go home and later edit their documents even after the official time has finished. and we should expect students to type out 1500+ word assignments using a touch screen?
ipad is a great consumption device but it's not a creation device. get a tablet that you can dock with keyboard and print from (windows 8) or get a netbook.
We are not talking about whether you should choose an ipad or not, I believe you have misunderstood the fundamental rationale for this conversation.
To help you and others the issues in a logical progression (up to the ipad decision) are thus:
Should computers be used in schools for more than computing? I would argue yes, as computing is now ubiquitous in our methods of learning non-computer subjects such as physics, biology, chemistry etc etc
Therefore next question:
Who should pay for them? I like the thoughts of a student loan (great idea btw), or schools themselves and ultimately for those who need theirs better than everyone else, we have personal choice.
Then the next question:
What should they be? If anyone RTFAs I linked to earlier, you would see that there are significant benefits to having the same system for all. this is the reason IT departments specify standard equipment and software...
Specifically around should they be ipads? here are some pro's and con's
Doesn't have a "keyboard" - well it does have a soft one, and you can buy a bluetooth one or one attached to the dock
Isn't "open" - but it does have a web browser and >100,000 apps (including web browsers)
It is "expensive" - yes, compared to a netbook yes of course, but they have sold over 25 million in 18months in a segment that has arguably existed since 2000, and previous success in this segment has been measured in the thousands.
The question therefore is whether there is anything you don't get with a netbook. I am afraid to go further than this as this is probably pushing at a flame war.