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#31 Miuku.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 13:34

Times change, tools change, get over it.

If they want to use pads/laptops/whatever - go ahead. It's the inevitable progress and you either embrace it or you're left behind.


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Posted 16 March 2012 - 21:40

The iPad should not be allowed as: It's too restrictive and over 85% of the apps cost something.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 21:48

Meanwhile, I can put LibreOffice on my Windows 8 Tablet PC... I kid, I kid! (Although that is true...)

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 21:49

Actually LibreOffice is available for iPad :p

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 21:50

Actually LibreOffice is available for iPad :p

Oh... well.... okay then. xD

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 21:56

We need a poll for this thread. Ask a mod to ad one. :)

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 21:56

If the question is if kids can bring their own personal ipads that they/their parents buy for them to school to aid them in their learning, then sure.

If the question is if tax dollars should be used to purchase every student one of these expensive products, then no.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 22:11

The original way (paper and pen) is how we all should do it.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 22:13

The original way (paper and pen) is how we all should do it.

I went to med school, had my laptop everywhere. Pen? Paper? What is this, the dark ages?

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 22:17

If a kid can learn better using an iPad, then why not allow it?

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 22:24

I went to med school, had my laptop everywhere. Pen? Paper? What is this, the dark ages?

Lol troll? You obviously know what I mean by "the original way of school". It means paper and pen if you didn't know.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 22:43

As someone who works for a company, and especially a department, where every single asset is now delivered to our sales force via the iPad, I would have to say a resounding yes.

Because I am responsible for the technology that trains that sales force, which is 2500 strong, I am well aware since we implement software that literally whole companies whose sole existence is literally built upon applications for the classroom setting, that a whole, whole lot can be done with the iPad and "the student." These are not apps you find on the App Store. They are apps that need to be deployed with a MDM solution (mobile device management) and through an enterprise license. So these are not mainstream apps. They are the type of apps that 95% of people never heard of or even know that they exist until they have the need to find them.

Said apps let you control all aspects of the classroom such as any and all documents needed for the class itself. Full curriculum management. ARS systems (audience response systems), assessments (tests) and those are the bigger features. There are a whole host of other smaller features that make management of a classroom setting extemely streamlined.

Now obviously it depends on the schools budget, etc., but based on what I have seen accomplished in my workplace in classroom scenarios, as I said, my vote is a resounding yes.

I will also say I believe wether you like or hate the iPad, it does more or less represent the future of computing. And that is the convergence of mobile and laptop devices. So might as well also prep the students for what they will be dealing with in the not to distant future.

I will also add, I believe only students of a certain age should get them as well. No reason or need why they should be in a middle school for example. That is when the students should still be honing their fundamental skills. If they cannot read a book or write on a piece of paper, you cannot expect them to do so on a computer. Pretty simple stuff when it comes down to it.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:03

alternate to the OP

not so much an iPad for schools but a Kindle would work much better with a much more affordable cost to the school in regard to replacing text books (many schools and colleges are actually talking about doing this already)

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:13

I can support a tablet for schools. I've been relying on my tabletPC heavily in grad school and I feel it could be greatly beneficial. Especially when using a program like OneNote that can record audio of the lecture and match it to what you wrote at the time. It wouldn't necessarily be useful for elementary or middle school but I could see it as a great asset in high school where slide decks may be relied upon for lessons.

I just really can't get behind using tax dollars for any Apple products. They tend to be marked up higher and you can get more bang for your buck with Microsoft or Linux based electronics.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:32

No. You can not draw as well on a Ipad as you can on real paper, with real materials. Not without spending a lot more money on a bunch of other crap for it.
Schools should be teaching fundementals
http://www.merriam-w...ary/fundamental
Look it up. If they don't teach fundementals, if technology goes away for some crazy reason, society will be screwed. You teach the basics, that way, there is always something to improve upon and with. Does no good to teach a young hunter how to only hunt with the most sophisticated hunting rifle, when he will need more core knowledge most likely on more rudimentary elements and devices.




In what sense are you talking about, art or learning something like cursive writing? In those particular cases I can understand but in almost everyone other case the ipad, as a general tool for school shines above all else. The cost of printed books is asinine and digital books can offer so much more. The interactive abilities will not only make learning easier but more fun for many students. Digital devices wont be fully replacing pen and paper fully anytime soon but things like basic handwriting skills are learned at a much younger age anyway. Plus its much easier to carry around a digital device then a book bag full of heavy books and tools that can all be used on one device.