I have a 3 year old son just about to turn 4. He has used an iPad all his life, and he has certainly learned a lot from it. If the iPads are used as part of a well rounded curriculum ,I am all for them...
Excellent comment! Well thought out.
I've said it before, everything I've read about the iPad in education from autistic children to Medical students, the iPad improves learning!
P.S. Your son is very fortunate!
Yep, Flabingo...agree. I think the bleaching and glue used to make the books is way up there in pollution area.
And there is the oil and gas used to transport books that sometime weigh more than an iPad.
Very good point, Tech. That point, in of itself, should win the argument that every child should have an iPad!
P.S. Of course, there are many, many more points, too.
What a great move to correspond with Apple's decision of refunding millions for kids' in-app purchases
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After 2 years the tablets will pay for themselves with the amount of book costs that are saved. Year 3-5 the school will be saving big money using tablets. That's not to mention that it offers a superior learning experience compared to a $200 textbook.
How often do schools buy textbooks? Most of the core subjects haven't changed in years, sometimes decades.
I'm curious what the cost breakdown is really like. We have no way of knowing how the licensing terms are set up or what other costs will be attached in terms of infrastructure. Quite a few of those books see very minor year to year changes. Consider college textbooks. A common technique is to change the order of things to ensure that students must purchase the latest edition. I think it's difficult to evaluate this without a real cost analysis.
You're looking at that in adult terms. You'll generally find that kids are motivated to learn and explore. Their brains are set up for it. In terms of absorbing curriculum designed by adults, part of that is parenting. Your suggestion is to ignore one thing though in favor of another which will inevitably vary by its nature.