re: $500 iPads In The Classroom: Good Idea?
Our elementary school has purchased a lab of iPads which are currently in use. As a high school eacher, I have had a few students access books for my English classes. Some of the books may be obtained at no cost, others cost to download. However, many public libraries now offer books which may be downloaed at no cost for a certain loan period-- just like checking out a paper book. Our school policy is that the iPads do not leave the labs or a teacher's room.
It seems to me that textbook companies must offer textbooks for iPads. The problem this presents is that, of course, schools must, in turn, purchase an iPad for each student; IPads which may be taken home to complete homework assignments. In a school district that does not have the funds to provide a lap top for each student, I do not see this happening. Surely in the long run, wouldn't the iPads save money over the cost of the textbook budget over a ten year span- a fifteen year span? Who has studied this? How long can an IPad be estimated to last in the hands of students?.
I've been looking for something for my grandchildren, and since I was recently told that public liblaries are on board, I THINK I'm going to buy them iPads, unless something better comes along next week . . .or next month . . .