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iPads In The Classroom: Worth Doing Right
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HelenaD184
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12/16/2013 | 3:40:33 AM
iPads In The Classroom: Worth Doing Right
tablet or ipad save the school lots of money and time.Ipad Classroom Management software enables teacher to easily manage and easily control the class or training room environment.



BLime
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7/23/2013 | 1:27:03 PM
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This article was really very informative and thought-provoking. I was surprised, however, to see no mention of the need to secure the iPads from theft and to charge & sync them routinely. Charging & syncing is an ordeal within itself, but with a sync & charge cart the process becomes so much easier. We have been using Datamation Systems sync & charge cart and it has made iPad management so much easier. If anybody is interested we purchased them through www.ipadcarts.com.
mollymullee
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7/10/2013 | 5:42:14 PM
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Good classroom managers won't have that problem. If a teacher has control over their classroom, they have nothing to worry about.

I began teaching in a 1:1 PC environment in 1996. There were no filters on the network. Over the past 18 years, the only teachers who needed help controlling where their students were going on the internet, were time and time again, the poor classroom managers. The pattern is the same every year. Poor classroom managers are illuminated in any one to one setting. These are same teachers who complain and demand help controlling devices in the classroom. A few short years ago the porn magazine was in the backpack. Students knew which teachers wouldn't notice if the magazine came out, and more importantly, which teachers would notice.

It's all in environment set by the teacher.
TonyR504
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6/26/2013 | 11:07:58 PM
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iPads will save the school lots of money by replacing textbooks. GPS tracking will help to find the stolen and lost iPads. More students will remember to bring their "books" to school and read them from cover to cover. Many studies have shown that giving the students more literary experiences will offset the disadvantages of poverty. Steve Jobs once said that computers are like bicycles for our minds. LAUSD students will be able to ride into the 21st Century, but to where?

My first question is how are teachers supposed to control the iPads in the classroom? Proxy websites that get around the district filters are now an industry. How will LAUSD deal with all the students looking up porn on the Internet?
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6/25/2013 | 9:10:53 PM
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I'm not a big fan of tablets in schools, at least for K through 8th grade. Our kids are already spending too much time in front of screens. They don't need more of it, even if it is "educational." What really concerns me is Lee's point that some schools want to get the tablets in the kids' hands because it makes the school seem up to date, but they don't actually have a plan for integrating tablets sensibly into the curriculum.
David F. Carr
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6/25/2013 | 2:46:08 PM
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Interesting data points:

How much are iPads in education worth to Apple? http://www.educationdive.com/n... via @educationdive
LeeBadman
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6/25/2013 | 10:56:03 AM
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In case the nuance was lost- I'm not saying "don't do tablets or technology" in the classroom. I'm saying not to rush in without a plan that you can build on and without considering all aspects of the program. There are lots of initiatives that are resounding successes, but they didn't come about just because someone bought iPads and passed them out.

Thanks for the comments and perspectives,

Lee
David F. Carr
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6/24/2013 | 9:18:55 PM
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So are you saying it's fine to pick the gadget that looks like a good choice today, without worrying too much about tomorrow? Argument being: today's choice will be obsolete tomorrow anyway. That's what I took from the first part of your note: the idea that planning for long-term maintenance was probably fruitless when tech is changing so fast.
David F. Carr
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6/24/2013 | 9:16:15 PM
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That's why Lee focused on the iPad primarily and other tablets only peripherally.
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6/24/2013 | 5:58:18 PM
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A couple of things.

Technology in the classroom is usually viewed as an "investment" of sorts in that it's not just how can it be used today, but how it will work for us two or three years down the road - when it's still being paid for. I don't know of a single user of ANY piece of technology that buys a device thinking that it will still be relevant several years down the road. Also, if iPad (or any comparable device) is the flavor of the day, will it still be in favor at the end of it's desired lifecycle? (These sorts of long-term maintenance plans can cost more than the initial device itself.)

I believe the best chance of success for a program of this nature comes when we don't also try to solve the problem of "technology in the homes." We've seen too many school districts try to solve both problems in the past...and fail miserable. There are a great number of educational purposes that these devices can address without allowing students to take them home on a daily basis (where it's a given fact that the devices will break down at a much faster rate, adding significantly to the costs.)

I'd be curious to understand the ROI of using a tablet device not merely in addition to hard copy books, but in replacement of! I think there is where you have a better chance of getting this technology more broadly adopted.
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