It’s not just a pretty face. The iPad can work seriously and will get better at it if those with high level technical skills create better, meatier applications. ars tecnica has an excellent article from a person who uses the iPad for sysadmin and who explains clearly and well how this can be an advantage. PCWorld also has a discussion of a 30 day trial to see whether an iPad can replace a computer. Most of us by now use tablets for some activities and then use laptops and desktops for serious work. We need to keep pushing the boundaires with tablets to make themmore flexible for heavier tasks and that comes back to applications development. By making better use of tablets we can increase their educational value and by increasing their educational value we can increase their use. In terms of ease of carrying and managing they can be a good option. Classroom Aid gives you a lot help with establishing some good and inventive productivity with tablets, including the building of applications. We need to take a fresh look at tablets now we are more used to them and what they can do so we can get more power use from them.