Amplify, a Droid based tablet, is being introduced on March 6th. The tablet costs several hundred dollars and is from Amplify Foundation, Inc.
Will this sort of device be the breakthrough to move schools from a paper bound environment to a digital one? With Rupert Murdoch and Joel Klein involved, it has a shot.
For sale only to schools for now, the Amplify tablet comes pre-loaded with virtually everything a student will encounter during the school day, including all the textbooks, lessons, tests and e-books she might be assigned.
What's perhaps more significant, Amplify will give teachers the ability to both monitor and control what students do with the device. Teachers can conduct lessons with an entire class or small group and can instantly see what websites or lesson areas students are visiting. A teacher dashboard allows them to take instant polls, ask kids to "raise their hands" virtually and, if things get out of hand, redirect the entire class with an "Eyes on Teacher" button that instantly pushes the message out to every screen.