The idea was posed to me today that Nooks could be a useful tool in upper elementary classrooms. After doing some basic research tonight here is what I have come up with.
Books have ebooks (through Barnes and Noble) and an internet browser with WiFi capability. And they are way cheaper than iPads - by a lot! There are some 100 apps available from their SHOP, some of those are categorized as learning, but I am not convinced those will be really helpful to us.
On the downside, there is not camera or video recording capability and I am a big fan of multimedia, podcasting, and screencasting. I like the idea of getting iPads instead, but I know that not having Flash affects teachers who like to use glogster and prezi.
I've got a Xoom and an iPhone at home, so I'm familiar with the usage of both Apple and Android apps. I know that there are things I have on my iPhone that I want for my Xoom that just aren't available for my version of android and that is very frustrating. I expect that same problem would occur with the Nook as well.
I am looking for your feedback, experiences, and thoughts about using Nooks, iPads, or other portable 1-1 devices, either for personal or educational use. If you know of any classrooms that are currently using iPads, please let me know.