An article has appeared in a US education publication extolling the merits of the Mac platform and predicting that educators will want the Mac mini.
District Administration: The Magazine for K-12 Education Leaders' Gary Stager praises Apple for its innovations with the Mac and highlights the benefits to educators. He states: "Educators will want Mac minis due to their power, affordability and ability to use existing monitors, keyboards and mice. It is not hard to imagine teachers throwing a Mac Mini into their bag and schlepping it to their next classroom or home in order to view student video projects."
He also suggests that new Macintosh hardware and software will not only be desired by many educators, but the retail success of the Mac mini and iPod will drive students to demand these technologies. "Students will expect schools to support their creativity with materials at least as flexible, powerful and expressive as that which they have in their bookbags."
Receiving particular praise is Apple's iLife software. He writes: "The company's iLife package (iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto, iTunes and now Garageband) made the digital lifestyle era possible. It enhanced the value of multimedia peripherals and helped fuel the explosion of digital photography and video."
The iPod is credited with being "at the heart of the most recent high-tech revolution". Stager even suggests: "One can imagine using the iTunes Music Store as a vehicle for distributing all sorts of classroom resources."
Stager writes: "The past few years have seen few exciting innovations in computer technology and software functionality, with the exception of Apple Computer." He then lists a number of technologies he says have been invented, popularized or made accessible by Apple. These include wireless networking, digital video editing, consumer DVD production, portable audio, Bluetooth, zero-config networking, video chat, floppy-less computers, Firewire, desktop audio and flat panel displays.
He adds: "PC companies may have introduced a technology earlier or created competing products since, but few people can argue those products represent a better value or are easier to use than Apple's."