Why tablets are IT drivers and what this has to do with education

The International Data Centre announced recently that worldwide tablet shipments have grown by  142% /year as measured over the first quarter of 2013.1

According to Kishore Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at Accenture2

In my view, the media tablet will act as a catalyst for ushering a new, technologically driven educational order that over time will dwarf e-commerce in its economic impact and will be comparable to that of Gutenberg’s printing press in its long-term social impact.1

He examines China, India, the USA and Japan as case studies and looks at their demographics and trends in their business development. He argues that business survival is dependent on education and tablets will play a huge part in the evolution of education due to their potential as ubiquitous, useful, inexpensive tools.

Much of Swaminathan’s discussion centres on population growth and business/social implications of facilitation of education as a driver of IT services citing a potential market of 2 billion students in the K-12 age bracket.

Kwez happyFor me, the most important driver is seeing the joy on little kids faces as they interact with tablets, and the way they just seem to pluck the operating principles of tablets out of the air, even in the pre-reading stage. It is wonderful to see what using a tablet in an appropriate manner with kids can do for their understanding and imagination.

1. Retrieved 15 July, 2013 from http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24093213

2. Retrieved 5 July, 2013 from http://www.accenture.com/us-en/outlook/Pages/outlook-journal-2012-how-media-tablets-can-transform-education.aspx. Accenture is a global consulting company.   As Swaminathan is focused on business opportunities, he ignores the overall environmental effects of population growth. Pity about that.