Ed-Tech | iPads in Schools
It’s not very often that we see articles like this – the one’s that echo our sentiments so nicely.
“It seems that every school is considering purchasing iPads these days, and Apple has reported that iPad sales to schools are currently outselling MacBook sales by a very large margin. However, the rush to purchase iPads often precedes the careful planning and preparation that’s so crucial to their success as educational tools. Technology alone is never the answer. Instead, iPad use needs to be integrated within a holistic approach to 21st-century education that encompasses a thorough and ongoing review of the skills and competencies required in our rapidly changing society and the educational processes that best help students acquire them.”
When you do read the article, replace all mentions of the iPad with a tablet device. The iPad has been quite easily relegated to a “costly device” and doesn’t figure comfortably in a school’s strategy. A low-cost Android tablet, perhaps, becomes the better alternative.
Read the article, and if you read it in the context of a tablet device rather than as an iPad, this article has much more to offer. We especially like:
Technology alone is never the answer.
In the race to make schools and other learning institutions capable of offering education technology, we may need to slow down a bit to learn about the track that we are racing on. It has less to do with getting there first; more to do with getting there right.
Importantly, when you do read the pertinent questions under “Research and document your plans for the following:” – in the article, ask yourself one thing – will you allow these questions to be an enabler or an inhibitor?