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AaronW011
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6/24/2013 | 5:58:18 PM
re: iPads In The Classroom: Worth Doing Right
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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6/24/2013 | 5:38:27 PM
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You really need to look at the K-12 educational publishers and they have standardized on the iPad. See Pearson, they are the largest schoolbook publisher.
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