Can you hear that? It’s the sound of war. Better choose your side soon, too. The tablet wars are going to get nasty.

Apple’s army is prepped, already backed by over 3 million zealous iPad owners. But the Google Android horde is quickly banding together and will soon offer countless weapons from several major CE houses and dozens of smaller camps. Google is also quietly forming the stealthy Chrome OS platoon that will likely enter the battle a bit late, but shouldn’t be forgotten, ether.

Then there’s the suit & tie brigade with their trusty BlackBerry holstered on their hips, ready to be tethered to the coming BlackPad. Don’t forget about the wildcard: The HP-produced, webOS-powered PalmPad no doubt has a couple of tricks, enough to put up a decent fight. Then there’s the battle-tested Windows that might still be able to fire a few direct shots.

I fully agree that this situation makes it important for content creators to be careful about tying themselves to a single platform.

“Author Once, publish for multiple channels” would be my recommendation to developers…

However the consensus RE Apple’s iPad is that it will be the premier tablet device for the next 2 years at least, and I am not sure that this prediction factors in further product developments and improvements Apple will no doubt introduce, there is even the possibility of a more powerful and fully featured Apple hardware version in the future.

Personally I believe iOS devices and Apple in general will own this space for the foreseeable future….

With more than 42% of teens admitting to bringing a cell phone or iPod Touch to class, isn’t it time schools start cracking down? And if technology is to become more a part of education, how will teachers ever track students who are already able to pull off using these devices when they’re not supposed to? As more and more gadgets enter the classroom, won’t it just make it easier to find distractions?

The point to me really is that if you are loosing your audience to mobile devices, you better figure out a way to engage them on their platform of choice.

For example, wouldn’t it be great if teachers could issue a pop quiz to all the phones surrepticiously under their student’s desks?

Or, I liked the example of Houghton Mifflin, the world’s largest provider of educational materials for K-12, who today launched its first full-curriculum algebra app for the iPad.