Students in the local school district, middle school, have all been issued an ipad this year (2013), instead of the traditional text books. What is your opinion? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
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Teaching has evolved since my school days, for sure. I guess the district here has a lot of money...especially since so many teachers have been let go in the last few years...maybe they were planning for the ipad to do the teaching. I like books too.
This will definitely be a lighter load for students. When I went to school, everyone had a locker for books, but when my kids went they cut down on issuing lockers and eventually had none...all had to carry backpacks w/books all day! Thanks.
You have brought up lots of important points to consider. This is just the beginning, so we should see some results by the end of the school year, and health issues not for some time. Thanks for your valuable input.
That is the #1 complaint...carrying all those books are hurting kid's back, shoulders, etc. The ipad will lighten the load for sure. Schools must teach the best way they can, and keep up with technology. Thanks!
You are exactly right! This is a new idea for students, and responsibility for care and use of the ipad will be key. The district must have a budget for the cost to repair/replace if needed. Yes, a good example for others to consider, if this works,
Thanks for answering...yes, the initial cost must be expensive, not to mention the cost of replacements. Not sure how they would handle that, don't think parents would want to be responsible for replacement cost. True, a student must want to read.
Thanks for commenting...yes ALL students in the district (middle school) were issued the ipad. It could be an up-to-date way of learning, that may cause students to want to learn. Many students are lazy to learn traditionally.
Yes, teachers do deserve better pay. Apparently, the district has plenty of money, to afford this. I mentioned earlier, many teachers have lost their jobs in California in the last few yrs., maybe this is why, they're being replaced w/ipads. Thanks!
Thanks Steve. Will be much easier to carry an ipad, for sure. Books are becoming a thing of the past, even around here there's bookstores that have closed. Now many books can be found or read online. Students won't be limited to outdated books.
Yes, books in the backpacks are extremely heavy. Students will feel much better just knowing they won't have to carry that weight around all day. Maybe this will be a reason to be responsible with the ipad, and not brake or lose it.