Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Some teachers and administrators -- such as those in Hillsborough, New Jersey -- cite the lack of a physical keyboard on the iPad as a major drawback
THIS IS WHY AMERICA IS BEHIND IN EDUCATION. BECAUSE THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTERING IT LIVE FIVE YEARS IN THE PAST.
Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
I have a suspicion that everything one learns in grade school through high school could be learned in less than half the time with a concentrated learning environment.
I’m living proof of this.
Originally Posted by tjskywasher
It seems to me that they've tried iPads and gone back to the same old, same old with a cheap laptop with a keyboard and mouse because it's what they're more familiar with and what they're used to teaching with.
Interesting anecdote about that: When my local elementary school was torn down after the new one was rebuilt, teachers were not allowed to bring their old classroom computers to the new building, despite universal protestations.
What were the old computers? Members of the Apple ][ family.
Instead, the new building had PCs and whatnot, and in the first years after the move, tests were down and reports of dissatisfaction and confusion among students and teachers were so high that they switched back to iMacs.
And I made off with a ton of 5.25” floppies and six classic computers.
For children in kindergarten and the early years of elementary school, the Apple ][ line is still one of the best primers into the desktop computing experience. It’s simple, efficient, and not prone to problem. You can’t really screw them up if you don’t know what you’re doing, which is great for 6-10 year olds.
Originally Posted by TeaEarleGreyHot
Sounds to me like Apple dropped the ball here. In their arrogance, they've not bothered to do their homework. I.e., they should have sent teams out to pilot schools and organizations, and found out what these problems are in advance, and then fixed them. SHOW the way to connect keyboards...
Rebuttal: Apple should be highlighting how brain-dead these people are. Show them why keyboards aren’t necessary, etc.