Sauers expects a boom soon, with most current iPad initiatives being billed as pilot or experimental programs.

“I think next year is when we’ll see our first big bubble,” Sauers said. “There will be districts next year that implement it school-wide, whether it be at the high school level or elementary level.”

Morrill said most of the criticism has been about the costs during tough economic times—not about whether tablet computers are age-appropriate.

He said he plans to raise the money needed for about 325 iPads and teacher training from foundations, the federal government, the local school department, and other sources.

As bullish as he is on the kindergarten iPad, he cautions that it needs to be properly supervised and isn’t a panacea.

“I’m not saying they should be on this 24-7,” he said. “The students still need to move, get up, dance, socialize.”

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