In Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, there’s an iconic scene in which a group of apes become alarmed at the sudden appearance of a black monolith in their presence. Most of the apes anxiously shriek and circle the monolith, but one among them makes furtive attempts to touch it. Soon, several apes are huddled around the base of the ominous object, curiously exploring its sharp contours with their hands.
Oddly enough, this scene approximately parallels the public’s reception of the iPad in 2010. When it appeared in stores (after first being paraded about on a stage by the turtlenecked prophet) most people thought that it was simply a big iPhone. Sure, there were the early adopters who saw its potential from the moment of its release, but most people remained comfortably asleep to its promise.
Fastforward to 2012 and we have entire school districts investing…
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