"Being one of the first schools in our region to go all in on iPads at the high school level, I am always interested in reading the perspectives of others on this topic. I think that there are a number of questions that need to be addressed for schools thinking about increasing the number of devices in their classrooms or moving towards a 1:1 program. The post referenced in the tweet by my friend Jimmy, a high school Principal in Iowa, is worth a read for people looking at investing in iPads (or going 1:1 with any device).
The post, Why most K-12 schools aren't ready for the iPad Revolution http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/08/k-12-ipad-revolution/ , cites four reasons that most schools are not prepared to purchase iPads for all students. The four reasons cited by the author, Mike Reiners (CEO of Nomad), are as follows:
* Teaching requires planning
* Consider where we’re spending our education dollars
* The iPad is primarily a consumption device.
* Our students should be mobile multilingual.
Below are my thoughts on each of the points."