Friday, 7 January 2011

iPads and learning....

It was inevitable - it had to happen - it started months ago and has continued to cause excitement... but there seem to be even more articles flying around now about the use of the iPad in schools. I personally believe they, or their successor, will absolutely transform learning in the future - it has already started in some schools.

A recent article in the New York Times about a school introducing iPads to replaces some books has set a flurry on responses from all over the places. To read the whole article in the New York Times read here.
The internationally respected Ewan McIntosh responded in the Huffington Post iPad Learning for all the wrong reasons with both critical and supportive comments about varying aspects of the story - I must admit the thought of iPad labs does seem to defeat the very purpose of them...
Bloggers have joined in and a whole host of comments are flying in response - Fraser Speir's blog being just one example.
Following Fraser's response, Craig Grannell from Scotland has written on techradar.com about how every student in the Cedars School of Excellence in Greenock, Scotland gets an iPad read here.
The debate will continue but there is no doubt about the ICT in many schools in the UK that the 'genie is out of the bottle'. We can't undo what has been started or stop the use of devices in schools nor should we - technology is what are students use out of school and expect to use in school - those that don't are really being held back.
I have been critical in other posts about the lack of words from the DfE on ICT in schools, but as Professor Stephen Heppell said as we chatted over a coffee, the present regime has criticised so much in the the current education system, that the fact that they haven't really criticised ICT is probably a positive - I guess that's a positive way of looking at it.
As Fraser stated in his article when talking about education "Technology is the way we do business – it's how we teach. It's not a reward for doing traditional education well" - I agree - if we don't approach it from this way - we're doing something wrong!
To read Ewan's blog click on www.edublogs.com

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