Assignment #1 Websites and Articles

PBS article **"How Will the iPad Change Education?"** (Jan 27, 2010)Summary:
  • reference to productivity, which relies on reliability of network it's connected to.
  • mobility - take the tool anywhere, and hopefully, the learning
  • community - communicate with people inside and outside school=authentic audience.
  • comments - naysayers referring to "jumping in too quickly"
  • references to lack of flash, which Jobs has defended.
Response:Having been written 9 months ago, this article is already dated. Consider also that the general public did not had access to the iPad until four months after that. This article seems to have been written on previews/releases of the product. The iPad has huge potential for productivity, but depends much of the time on a stable wireless network. I have seen more than a handful of occurrences where a failed network sours a productive learning opportunity. Mobility is huge - to take concepts learning during the school day and recognize the implications of that information or skill set outside of school.(2010, January 27). How Will the iPad Change Education?. Retrieved October 9, 2010, from PBS Teacherline: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/blog/2010/01/how-will-the-ipad-change-education/

T.H.E. Journal article "Measuring the iPad's Potential for Education" (Jan 27, 2010)
Summary:
  • iPad "connecting" teacher to student
  • interesting disparity noted between the responses of a teenager vs teacher.
  • reference to digital natives vs immigrants: "how 'hardwired' today's students are for digital connections."
  • textbooks will be redesigned for the multimedia available today

Response:
I am not sure I agree with the iPad itself connecting the teacher and student. I believe if teachers take the the iPad as learners, that will be the connecting factor. Kids aren't wired differently compared to the pre-personal computer era; they are able to learn to use to the devices quickly and effectively because they are not afraid to make mistakes and they take the time to play. Adults have a fear of what might happen if they click a wrong button, and thus, they miss out on learning opportunities. We adults need to dive in to the technology. The App Store continues to grow and will follow the demand of the consumer. If schools become strong consumers, the supply for better apps will grow.
(2010, January 27). Measuring the iPad's Potential for Education. Retrieved October 9, 2010, from http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/01/27/measuring-the-ipads-potential-for-education.aspx

Why Apple's iPad Can't Succeed in Schools (Yet)Summary:This article discusses the limitations of the iPad in schools. Liam Cassidy points out some unusual factors as rationale for using anything but the iPad in schools (such as if the glass screen breaks, it would be sharp and dangerous). He does make some solid points that the iPad may require schools to make a major switch from Windows-based programs to the iPad. He also points out that schools who have a large number of iPads assigned to students makes those student targets for theft. Overall, I feel Cassidy is one-sided but does bring up ponderables that schools need to consider before diving in.Cassidy, L. (2010, March 24). Why Apple's iPad Can't Succeed in Schools (Yet). Retrieved October 9, 2010, from Gigaom: http://theappleblog.com/2010/03/24/why-apples-ipad-cant-succeed-in-schools-yet/

District to Give iPads to Fifth GradersSummary:A New York school has taken the initiative to give 80 iPads to fifth grade students for the school year. The school had put iPads in the hands of the teachers over the summer so they could best use them in classrooms. When the principal made the announcement, he told the kids he trusted them to use the iPads for educational purposes.I really like how this district integrated the technology, first with teachers and then with the kids. The trust element is fundamentally important. Without some degree of trust, schools miss out on the learning opportunities the technology allows. Many teachers I have talked to lament the filters and restrictions placed on them, and more strictly on the students. It seems so limiting to have access to the technology but overly limit what can be done. If a student does something to break the policy and the trust, give that student the consequence instead of the whole student body.Corley, J. (2010, September 8). District to Give iPads to Fifth Graders. Retrieved October 9, 2010, from Mineola Patch: http://mineola.patch.com/articles/district-to-give-ipads-to-fifth-graders

eEducatorSummary:Rob Theriault discusses how the iPad is more of a game-changer than just an end. He has a short wish-list of what the iPad should do for education, including replacing textbooks, quickening communication between teacher and student, clicker-system style functionality, and replacing paper assignments and assessments.Theriault, R. (2010, April). eEducator. Retrieved October 9, 2010, from : http://paramedictutor.wordpress.com/ed-tech/

Updated: Looks Like Your Kid WIll Get An iPad (At School) Before You Do (At Work)Summary: Eric Lai lists several schools (both k-12 and post-secondary) that will be handing out iPads en masse to students this year. His thought is that k-12 will be embracing the iPad on a wider scale before the business world takes to it.One school referenced in the article will take advantage of the fact that the iPad can take over much of the repetition part of teaching that can sap much energy from the teacher.Lai, E. (2010, September 15). UberMobile. Retrieved October 9, 2010, from ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/updated-looks-like-your-kid-will-get-an-ipad-at-school-before-you-do-at-work/454

Top ten tips for taking your iPad back to school–that don’t have to do with apps!

Summary:This article spends more time discussing the nuts and bolts of iPads and accessories that the author, Tris Hussey, considers "must-haves." Hussey most accurately notes that the majority of articles available online review apps, whereas his article reviews hardware and necessary peripherals for the iPad. Hussey, T. (2010, August 30). Top ten tips for taking your iPad back to School - that don't have to do with Apps!. Retrieved October 20, 2010, from The Next Web: http://thenextweb.com/apple/2010/08/30/top-ten-tips-for-taking-your-ipad-back-to-school-that-dont-have-to-do-with-apps/