Windows machines on the other hand would have caused a problem in the past in that area. The bottleneck was usually when they logged on not during actual usage.
The main reason the video shouted "hmmm, sure" at me was it only featured 2 members of staff. The head (salesman) and a clear advocate - probably a governing teacher, SLT member or ICT coordinator. I'd love to also hear some feedback from the *real* teachers. The day to day members of staff who maybe aren't quite so keen to be "on call" 24/7. Those that perhaps are not 100% sure. Please don't make the assumption I think it's wholly silly, I like the idea, but I also like to see *THE TRUTH AND THE WHOLE TRUTH*. It is 100% obvious that this isn't the case at least from that video.
The dailygloom artical does say that at the school in that artical has had its best exam results for 48 years, attendance is at its highest, and behaviour is better than it was. So they must have an impact.
I am watching this very closely because since 2009 we have had a 1:1 ratio of netbooks for years 9,10 and 11 (our GCSE years) and they work well, and are liked. Problem is netbooks are going to be stopped being made soon and looks like were going to have to go down the tablet route, but there are no cheap Windows tablets (yet).
On the netbooks we use Sibelius, 2D Design, Office, Dance eJay, and websites like My Maths, i just do not see how we could achieve at the moment what we do on the netbooks with the ipad. Do kids really want to type essays on a touch screen? and i do not fancy running Sibelius over RDP... hopefully we can still get netbooks cheap when April comes.
XKCD has a perfect cartoon for this comment...
There are other options. For example Chromebooks. They're cheaper than tablets, and IMO more functional, and they include Flash.I am watching this very closely because since 2009 we have had a 1:1 ratio of netbooks for years 9,10 and 11 (our GCSE years) and they work well, and are liked. Problem is netbooks are going to be stopped being made soon and looks like were going to have to go down the tablet route, but there are no cheap Windows tablets (yet).
HAS IT IMPROVED GRADES?
To me iPads can still not do what PC's can in the educational market.
As with any significant change to how a school operates the iPads are not the only thing which will have had an affect, so it is often difficult to say that x technology has made the difference. The closest you can say is that x technology has contributed to the difference, either directly via the specific use or indirectly by facilitating change in other areas of the school (removing printing, forcing greater use of online resources, etc). This applies to *all* technology ... not just iPads or other tablet devices.
I would be interested to see what others think about the SAMR model when looking at introducing new tech / changing tech.
I'm not sure where the extra work involved comes from, apart from the initial setting up and a few queries - I've hardly seen any of the 40 odd we dished out (probably not being used) We certainly haven't rolled out ATVs to every class (The projectors are ancient - really needs a HDMI connection etc) They more or less look after themselves, so much so the powers that be have decided to possibly do away with half the IT staff (2 of us)...
I like the idea of tablets for everyone but I just worry about the real financial backing and planning. Let's face it most staff don't know anything about technology but tend to be the ones who dictate the budget and the planning.
The school has said that grades etc are getting better, could this be the iPads or simply because the kids are not forgetting their pens/books? Or is it having the ability to easily email the teacher? Does the school it self improve every year anyway? Is it because the staff are putting more effort in to producing materials and not just getting it from the same text book?
Don't get me wrong I do think it can be very useful to have tablets for all kids. The ability to easily access all their work from home or any location, online interactive resources which attracts their attention and better communication with their teachers. Reasons why we got Frog (which took me a while to accept that VLE/Frog was the way forward).
The article in regards to damages over one year - is insane that almost half are broken after 12 months! This apparently has been solved by getting different cases.
I know its been said for years that every kid will have a device at school, most of the kids here have their own mobiles compared to when I was their age and I am not that old!. Most of the kids have internet access as well - again compared to what 10 years ago? When I was 16 I can't remember anyone having a mobile. People who have never had technology now have access to facebook too like my mother who struggles to know how to switch it on.
So in the end is it really the iPads that have improved grades or just scrapping the idea of pens/paper and having access to everything eletronically anywhere?
At my last school we were hailed as one of the AAL leading lights, and if you went by all of the school, Microsoft and various educational articles, AAL was the best thing since sliced bread. But I recall being interviewed, and when asked about problems I related several thorny issues to them...and it came as no surprise that none of these comments made the final copy. Sandwiched between the apparent Utopia of Essa on one hand, and the pile of rubble at Honywood on the other, lies the real truth I suspect.
If the students don't take them home, when do they get a chance to recharge the device? Fit 30 power sockets in all classrooms beside the desks?
One thing I do like is the head's insistence that (obviously on top of their filtering) they are teaching the students to make a conscious decision about the time they spend with their iPads and how they use them. It's not really any different to teaching kids that it's their future and they should be learning from their coursebooks rather than drawing hats and moustaches onto the sperms in their biology book. This is something I'd like to see pushed more.
Again though, looking at the "stereotypical classroom" shown in that video, I don't think you could apply those values to every school - it's not a one size fits all setup, certainly. I wonder if it's worth firing off a FoI request to them to get some more detail - ok they've saved on coursebooks, physical media etc but what's the cost of licensing, the replacements they use on the devices, cost of ICT support, maintenance, warranty/insurance etc and no doubt there's something I've missed.
As said, it would be lovely to see the full picture. The trouble is, none of us can really make a full judgement (and let's be honest - should we be?) until we've got that.
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