Oh god. Not another one.
BBC News - Bolton school equips every pupil with iPod Touch
A school in Bolton has given each of its pupils an iPod Touch to help them with their school work and keep in touch with teachers.
The Essa Academy spent £120,000 equipping them all with the gadget.
Oh god. Not another one.
I love how they say they've spent £120k. Fine, the initial outlay is £120k, but what about the TCO projections? Bearing in mind that mobile device batteries don't usually last for more than a year or 2, and the iPod touch has a non-user replaceable battery (which is also not covered by warranty IIRC).
Also take into account how much use they'll be when the child forgets to charge it up, leaves it at home, etc...
Last edited by localzuk; 11th December 2009 at 10:48 AM.
Are they the schools/LA or are the parents buying them from the school or such?
personally I wouldn't really like this unless you could run your own store/application server and could restrict which applications were available to the darling students and easily control them.
Last edited by p858snake; 11th December 2009 at 10:41 AM. Reason: s/stpre/store/
I have one thing to say..... what a god awful waste of money.
I think we should all not spend the £120k and pay off the national debt!
Agreed on the waste of money during these times.
As nice a device and as nice an idea as it is to equip all pupils with various learning aids the one thing I have to say, which covers the idea of keeping track of them all, keeping them safe, the money and the battery problem ...
Altough i can see the reasoning behind it I could see problems:
kids using them to play games/listen to music in lessons
kids being mugged
kids losing them
them getting smashed
I would be interested in how many are still working in a years time
So, a planner with a periodic table in it then? I know that's me being facetious, but many of these applications are already used - in the form of student planners. Ours contain various things like maps and other educational reference material.The pupils were selected based on their submission of essays outlining how they felt the iPhone would aid their education. They cited the use of applications such as Periodic, allowing access to the periodic table and the use of the calendar and tasks for personal planning.
BBC Technology - iPods for every student
I think it's a waste of money, personally. Whoever endorsed it is a brick or two short of a load.
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