iPads in The K-12 Classroom. Are they the best tool for the job?
In the past few weeks, I’ve had several conversations with educators and school administrators who are considering the deployment of iPads into their schools. I’ve had one since day one, April 3, 2010 (yes… that’s correct), and while I find it great for my day to day email triage, calendaring, light web research – I’m not seeing how this device is the best thing since sliced bread (as so many people believe).
They have some great use cases – for example, students with disabilities have no better tool than an iPad for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) for the price point. They are great for lower elementary learners as ways to learn shapes, colors, sounds and other cause and effect activities. But what about beyond elementary school? Are they the best tool for the job?
I could go on for pages about the pro’s and con’s of tablets in school, however, Donald Clark had a great blog post today that echos many of the things I and my colleagues have been talking about. In his post, Too cool for school: 7 reasons why tablets should NOT be used in education– Mr. Clark lays out some good reasoning to support his points.
Read the whole thing.