Apple and others marketing technology as fashion irks me, but at the end of the day I'll look at anything purely on its merits and use in the various environments within school. We initially looked at iPads for our sixth formers, but we've managed to put forward a case for a different tablet that offers more functionality and ease of integration.
Do agree about that iPhone advert though. Makes me want to smash the TV in.
Surely that is for something that is offensive and possibly derogatory? No opinion, so far, in this thread has been either!
Anyhoooo....back on topic, the advert IS for those with a short attention span....BUY ME BUY ME it shouts at you, because ALL these people would WANT ONE!
Well, having had an evaluation unit, from my college, I thought it was a decent piece of kit, very well made, but honestly? What possible use could it have for me? Then our web designed wrote an app for the inventory. But that's still £400-500 for a glorified clipboard!
Ok...Let the neg repping of that comment commence!!!
I was giving a table away on Freecycle on Friday, and I said I'd deliver it to the woman because I was passing anyway. I knocked at the wrong door and was met by what was seemingly a hippy ready to dispense something that may or may not have been legal. I quickly asked if it was him the table was for, but it wasn't. Looking for a hasty exit I couldn't believe it when he pulled an iPhone from his pocket and proceeded to give me directions!
This may be me judging but this guy didn't look the kind to hold down employment of any kind (could be wrong), looked like he had a parcel for the next fella who knocked at his door, and had a room full of scallies getting merry on something that, again, may or may not have been legal. Coupled with the fact he lives in the worst part of town, (and I'm sorry for judging again) how can he afford an iPhone?! That was all that was going through my head! How?!
My point is I honestly believe the vast majority of children will pick just about anything up so long as they are interested in it. The iPad isn't the first device young children can use, its just marketed as such.
So, that's how he affords it....but even then, he'll've been sucked into the Apple fashion statements. Probably cos he was too stoned to realise it.....But that's a sweeping statement.........
as is "Look how well my broom does"
You people who have the choice in iPads or not, think yourselves lucky. We bought 4 last year. 2 for use as SEN communication tools, which they do rather well, and 2 for me and the ICT Teacher to evaluate and use in IT to see how we could best integrate them into the school and if we could use them ..
a month or two later, I now have 25 iPads that the head has bought and were delivered without consultation as she likes the idea of them .. so my summer project (as well as the usual tidying up, shifting things around, making stone age work as if it were at least in the age of steam power, fitting new WiFi through the school, etc) I have to find the best way to integrate the iPads through the school and find the best way to keep track of purchases without sharing all the details with the entire school staff .. fun times! lol ..
Having said that, if I can get this to work, I believe in giving the kids the use of a wide range of tech so they're not just MS Spokes people when they leave, but have experienced Linux, Mac OSX / iOS, Windows, etc.
Where's the book of family photos Grandad.....you know, the photos of the last 30 years showing Mam and Dad getting married and us kids being born etc??
Oh, they are all on Picasa now.
I can't log-in Grandad......
Oh no, I forgot to pay the subscription...they've all beed DELETED!!!!!
Google do not delete your account / pics even if your account has expired. they just disable it. I have a friend that got everything back after 6 months.
Did I not see an app that would allow teachers to do sims.net based functions on iphone and ipad?
I am sure I saw this somewhere...
I have an ipad which I use mainly at home for doing simple things like ordering take away and doing the shopping on Ocado - I plug it into the Zeppelin when i want to play music and when my niece comes around she plays on it (her dad has one too so she probably knows more about it than I do) - When I get away for a weekend, I take it over a laptop as it is smaller and lighter than a laptop and for what I need it for when I am away (checking weather and tides, I kite surf) it is easier to use and a better sized display than my phone.
My girlfriend is a teacher and she is excited about using ipads or other tablets in her classroom in conjunction with her interactive whiteboard.
the beauty of the product is that is cheap, it makes people excited enough to produce thousands of apps (90% are useless) but out of them come some great features that work.
Yeah I hate the advertisement, it is patronising and aimed as Americans mainly - thickos with no thoughts of their own (neg rep that please)