Originally Posted by philgar
Originally Posted by jragosta
I'll tell you what. I'll ask the people who are experts in elementary education not to tell you how to design a computer if you'll agree not to try to tell them how to run a classroom.
Do you think the decision to spend $400 M was made on a whim? Have you read any of the examples of how computers have contributed significantly to educational results? Or the ones where iPads, in particular, have improved results significantly (including one example in this thread)?
If you read what i said later, I said that mobile devices haven't been around long enough to show that they positively impact student learning. While there might be isolated studies showing it in certain circumstances, there haven't been studies on students constantly using their devices.
Now, while proving that mobile devices can help is a harder task than showing that they can distract. For instance http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/students-cant-resist-distraction-two-minutes-neither-can-you-1C9984270
quotes research done showing just how distracting these devices are, mostly at college students, but considering the average kids attention span, I imagine the results are worse for elementary school kids (also see http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/are-you-distracted-by-technology/?_r=0
and i'm sure a simple google search will find more). With a book on your desk you might flip ahead and read other (unrelated) material to distract yourself, but with an ipad, the student has the entire internet to distract them. Don't pretend that they won't be distracted by that. I learned that for most of my homework I was far better off doing it in the study lounge where I didn't have my computer to distract me (this was before smart phones). Although I'm just one example, I know I'm not alone, many kids study in the library for the same reason: there are fewer distractions.
I'd argue that the distractions alone are reason enough to stick to real books and avoid ebooks. I've read books on my ipad in the past, and I found the temptation to check every little thing distracting . . . And this was while reading fiction books that I WANTED to read, I couldn't imagine trying to read an actual textbook on there!
Apparently you missed my earlier post about the results of a 3-year experience (arguably better than an abstract study)!
Here it is again -- do a little research and you will find that [most of] the issues you raise have been addressed and resolved -- or were non-issues. For your convenience, I have highlighted various points in blue:
And the actual blog index:
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
Originally Posted by kkerst
And we all know throwing money at education works right?
Just "throwing money" at anything -- likely won't work!
But that does not mean that you should not spend resources to resolve a problem or improve an enterprise...
Future Shock FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2010 AT 10:39AM
I'll have more to say on the iPad later but one can't help being struck by the volume and vehemence of apparently technologically sophisticated people inveighing against the iPad.
Some are trying to dismiss these ravings by comparing them to certain comments made after the launch of the iPod in 2001: "No wireless. Les space than a Nomad. Lame.". I fear this January-26th thinking misses the point.
What you're seeing in the industry's reaction to the iPad is nothing less than future shock.
For years we've all held to the belief that computing had to be made simpler for the 'average person'. I find it difficult to come to any conclusion other than that we have totally failed in this effort.
Secretly, I suspect, we technologists quite liked the idea that Normals would be dependent on us for our technological shamanism. Those incantations that only we can perform to heal their computers, those oracular proclamations that we make over the future and the blessings we bestow on purchasing choices.
http://speirs.org/blog/2010/9/23/the-ipad-project-how-its-going.htmlHere's an index of the efforts of Fraser Speirs -- the pioneer in using iPads one-per-student in education.
The iPad Project: How It's Going THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 AT 7:46PM
So we're now nearly five weeks into the iPad deployment and I thought it was time to update you in some detail.
The Educational Part
So many people have asked me to explain the educational impact of the iPad. I simply can't yet get to grips with everything that's happening. Put simply, the iPad deployment has transformed our school. Not evenly and not everywhere yet, but it's coming.
There are stages to technology adoption. Two important stages are 'replacement' and 'transformation'. With replacement, you take an existing resource and replace it with an essentially identical digital resource. Think of a paper textbook replaced by the same textbook in PDF form. That's not to be sniffed at - there are big advantages to that.
What we're reaching in some classes is the transformation stage. We're seeing the iPad completely change the way that certain subjects are taught. Our best example so far is Art. I will write and share more about what we're doing in Art over time but it's fair to say that it is already far beyond anything I expected in the first year, let alone the first month.
At this point, all I can give you are some practical anecdotes which, I hope, will give you a flavour of the change.
• I picked up a ream of printer paper yesterday. It had dust on top of it.
• Primary 2 pupils have now memorised their passwords. That's not something that happens when they get 40 minutes a week on computers.
• Last week, we couldn't get the Primary 3 pupils to stop doing maths and go for lunch.
• My daughter April asked me if I could install the educational apps from school on my iPad so she could use them at home.
• We're seeing a reduction in the amount of homework forgotten or not done.
• "Forgetting your folder" for a subject is now a thing of the past.
The one feature that my teachers are crying out for is a way to present the entire iPad UI on a projector. At the moment, it's up to the application how they choose to support the iPad VGA Adapter. Some, such as Brushes, show a 'presentation' style display but almost no applications mirror the entire UI. That's quite technically difficult for a developer, so it would be nice to see something in the OS to support video mirroring.
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