iPads in Schools August 4, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
My daughter is starting Secondary School soon and in March I think it was, the School announced that they would be using iPads rather than traditional books. Bags have become too heavy and e-learning was the way forward.
We went to a very slick presentation by the company that supplies the iPads and software. They were good but I had nagging doubts, especially as most of the questions on the night weren’t really of that much use.
The cost is high and ebooks aren’t that much cheaper (if they are available , a number of the English novels are not available on the iPad) . It’s more a worry too that the school is following trends and that my daughters class will be the guinea pigs for the iPads, not just them but for the teachers and school too. Simple things like there being enough WiFi capacity or worries about the amount of screen time the children will be having. You can imagine the row that you’ve been looking at a screen all day and done you’re homework on a screen and now you want to spend an hour on the computer, tablet or phone!
Is this move to ICT also being done at least subliminally to cater down the line for an ICT literate ‘workforce’ ?
Anyone with any experience of using (or their children) iPads in schools and thoughts on it?