Originally Posted by sternapples53
We need good teachers not tech toys in the classroom.
And yet these are few and far between.
Back when I was at school most of the teachers just got us to write crap from the board which was just stuff taken from the teacher's edition.
Now I put it to you why the hell do we need teachers for that when an iPad could do a better job of making learning more fun?
For instance what if there was an app that allowed us to mix chemicals together and show us the results? Chemicals that are too expensive for classrooms? We'd have more people interested in chemistry.
Interactive patients without the setup costs? More people interested in biology, anatomy, better class of doctors because they can learn when they want wherever they are.
This simply cannot be done in a classroom.
What's more is on average you have 30 kids to one teacher. It is IMPOSSIBLE to teach everyone reliably and how they need to be taught. As a result some kids are getting left behind because the teacher either has given up on them, doesn't have the resources to tailor their teaching methods, or simply doesn't have time to invest in one student beyond normal school day. An iPad will NEVER leave a child behind although the child might leave it behind.
I don't think an iPad could replace a teacher but it can definitely help the child beyond the classroom. The child being able to learn at his/her own pace is far better than having a teacher give up on them. Trust me, it sucks having a teacher disregard you simply because they think you're dumb. As a result we play up and mess around. I learnt more out of school than I did in it. About the only thing I did learn at school is that if you twist three wires together and place them in a power socket and turn the power on a great big spark flies out across the table and blows the fuse to two desks. :-)