Dear Commons Community,
I am sure that many of you are aware that every January there is a National Consumer Electronics Show where the latest technology gadgets are introduced by the major hardware/software developers. At this year’s show which is just ending, it seems that the products that have created quite a stir are mobile devices for electronic reading and tablet computing. It appears we are moving quickly beyond the Kindle and the Nook for e-reading. I also found most interesting the products being introduced with an emphasis on tablet computers. Tablets have been around for quite a while. Our colleague, Bill Berhardt at CSI, has been using these for years especially in his Writing/Composition courses. However, what might make the new tablet devices more popular is their size (about the lenght and width of a netbook) and their cost. While Apple will make its tablet computer available in a few months at a cost of $700 – $1,000, other companies will be pricing tablets in the $150-$300 price range. I think we might be turning the corner in the availability and popularity of reading and tablet devices so much so that they will become more a part of our considerations as we design and develop online course materials. The URL for a NY Times article that covers many of the issues in this post is below.