As learning tools, tablets don’t cut it.
Here’s an interesting article by Dr. Gary Stager as published in Scholastic’s Administrator magazine: For the Love of Laptops – As learning tools, tablets don’t cut it.
He sums up the article with this:
Schools are buying tablets with a reckless ferocity. There are pronouncements of how iPads will revolutionize or transform education, without a coherent vision of what that might look like or a single example rooted in practice. The iPad provides an illusion of modernity with no real challenge to the nature of schooling—a win-win proposition unless you’re a child. Add hysterical Web filtering, social media bans, and locked-down devices incapable of installing software, and the tablet becomes a tool of compliance, not empowerment.
Tablets could have all the functionality of a laptop, but they don’t. Until they do, I recommend that schools invest in laptops for student use.
The opposing viewpoint is by Dan Brenner, ‘Day of the Tablet”.
Read both when you get a moment.