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Will the iPad fail in schools?

Technology Director Ryan Lawson would like to get his hands on more than 700 iPads for the entire student body at Brother Rice High School, a private all-boys Catholic school in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.—but the iPad has a serious failing grade, BusinessWeek reports: no remote monitoring. Lawson sent an eMail message to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, as well as his Apple rep, asking if Apple plans to bring this enterprise-class feature to market. No response from Jobs, but the Apple rep told him that a lot of people have asked for remote monitoring, although he’s not aware of any specific Apple projects. “Now, that could mean it’s a top secret Apple program that’s coming out tomorrow—who knows with that company,” says Lawson. Nevertheless, he’s left waiting for more options. The education market straddles the line between consumers and the enterprise; in other words, it occupies the gray space of Apple’s dominant strength and notorious weakness. Over the next few years, Apple will need to shore up its iPad for education, lest the Cupertino, Calif., company risk losing this core market. The iPad holds a lot of promise, says Lawson, but its lack of remote monitoring features keeps the iPad from entering the classroom…

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