Monday, April 8, 2013

Why most K-12 schools aren’t ready for the iPad revolution

Before our schools leap headlong into an embrace of the iPad, they should consider whether that's the best use of their budget -- or the best technological focus for our children.

Consider this: the most common iPad implementation plan (term used loosely) that I’ve encountered is to give each teacher a $X-per-student annual app budget, with virtually no oversight or coordinated collaboration.

Blind, quick-trigger actions in education, especially expensive and invasive ones, have historically disastrous results. What’s needed now is a lot of conversation across sectors, a lot of focused training, and a commitment to keeping the teacher-student educational relationship at the forefront.


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