Microsoft continues to push the Surface Pro 3 tablet as a replacement for the regular notebook in many different settings. Today, the company announced that the elite private Cincinnati Country Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio will be the first educational institution to use the 12-inch Surface Pro 3. It's good to see the up-to $23,600 tuition that CCDS parents pay to go towards a high-end Windows tablet like this.
Microsoft says the school was already the first in the U.S. to offer a PC to each of their students, from 5th to 12th grade, way back in 1996. The school's IT Director, Rob Baker, explained why they decided to start using the Surface Pro 3:
Every student learns differently, and every teacher teaches differently, so we need a device that will support them in whatever they want to do throughout their 4 years. The Surface Pro 3 is so lightweight yet solid, that I'm not worried about students carrying it around with them. And having the full power of Windows 8.1 with the keyboard and 12 inch screen make it a great primary computing device for teachers.
Microsoft has also released a video showing some of the teachers and students at Cincinnati Country Day School using the Surface Pro 3, even though the tablet doesn't actually go on sale until June 20th. One of the things that's mentioned in the video as a positive for the tablet is the 3:2 aspect ratio of the display, which makes working on the screen more like working on a sheet of paper.
What do you think about Microsoft pushing the use of the Surface Pro 3 in schools and will it be successful in getting teachers and students to adopt it instead of another tablet or notebook?