What is it that causes technology to stick?

This blog post originally appeared on the Education Innovating blog run by Education Evolving from 2010 to 2011. It has now been merged into our main blog.

The New York Times recently described the many schools now starting to run pilot projects with iPads. Will they stick? Won’t these go the same way as laptops?

‘School leaders say the iPad is not just a cool new toy but rather a powerful and versatile tool with a multitude of applications,’ the article says, citing the speed of development of user-created applications.

‘I think this could very well be the biggest thing to hit school technology since the overhead projector,’ a principal is quoted.

Couldn’t it be bigger – couldn’t it change schools?

See this post, about Apple’s one-to-one program. Shortly after running lecture-style trainings in their stores, Apple executives realized that people found it more efficient to wait until the end and ask their questions after class. So they changed the format completely.