iPads (2) V Laptops
The time saved and ease of use on the iPad is a winner. 1 - 0 to iPad.
iPods have the same functionality as the iPad (apps, camera, video, internet, voice recording etc) and are a lot cheaper. The obvious main difference between the two (apart from cost) is the screen size, although from the evidence I've seen, this doesn't appear to restrict the children ability to use them to be creative. There are however, a selection of apps designed specifically for the iPad because it has more options and a superior screen size. The latest Apple event has dropped the cost of an iPad 2 to approximately £280 ex VAT (7th March 2012), compared to the iPod priced at around £130 ex VAT.
The iPod is certainly more mobile - it fit in your pocket and the children could take them on school trips ... well in theory. Whereas, with the iPad you have the option for children to work together or in small groups, if it's appropriate for the task.
Can we have the best of both worlds, iPads and Laptops. Definitely, for the short term anyway, the iPads offers a different experience and many staff may not have the confidence to roll with this new technology, overtime I'd like to see handheld technology a permanent fixture in every classroom in our school.