Tuesday, April 12, 2011

iPad for Kindergatners

In an article from foxnews.com, the question for whether your five year old needs an iPad is discussed. For elementary schools in Maine, they certainly think so. It was a unanimous vote for the school officials that the young students should be outfitted with the iPad 2 by next year. It will end up costing the schools around $200,000 even with the $25 off each iPad that Apple has agreed to sell. But where is the school district receiving the funds for such a large purchase? The district is looking for a 5% budget increase and countless grants by the month of June. In my opinion this would a actually be money well spent in the school system. Although it is a significant amount of money, the integration of an iPad into a young students life could open up endless educational opportunities. By placing iPads in the hands of kindergartners they learn how to use technology to help learn in the classroom at a very young age. Also, other schools might begin to purchase iPads for their students and use them in the curriculum for teaching and research. At the moment when our public school systems are at their all time worst, it is nice to hear that not all schools are sacrificing their students education because of money. I hope that more schools will go down this path and do whatever it takes to maximize their students opportunities.

7 comments:

  1. Maybe with the introduction of the iPad 2 into this elementary school in Maine, oter schools will catch on. Students go to school to get an education, why not enhacne that experience with technology at a young age. I find this very beneficial for schools and also for the Apple corporation. They can now say that their products are helping young kids learn.

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  2. Would the updates in technology for elementary schools be more efficient in teaching the kids or would not firing the teachers and having less technology be more useful? I think that it is good idea to advance their schools technology especially in the elementary schools. But I don't agree with cutting the amount of teachers to teach the kids for iPads, there are some things that technology can't teach children that teachers can.

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  3. I agree with Sarah. Technology is important, but I would think just having them available to use in the classroom would be enough. It seems wasteful that each student at age 5 would have their own iPad. I still they will learn more from having enough teachers than they will from having their own iPad. If the schools had the money then fine, but from everything we are hearing money could be better spent.

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  4. I think that giving students iPads is a very original and good idea. I can definitely see the benefits to giving young students iPads, but I don't think that evry student needs one. They are very expensove, and I don't think that the school districts need to spend that much money on an iPad for every student.

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  5. Okay out of all the kids to give iPads to, why Kindergarten students? I mean if they're going to switch to virtual iPad books by all means do so, but kindergarten kids really? There would be no benefit to giving students at that young of an age.

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  6. Kindergarten is a time for coloring and abc-ing not playing on an iPad. This is another step into the wussification of America. Will we see the day of recess becoming iPad playtime? Dodgeball traded for tiny wings? iPads are useful to education but not the education of a 5 year old. I can see how the introduction to technology is important but kids should be using these tablets to read textbooks and write papers not to paint with some finger paint app.

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  7. I agree with Zach. Why does a 5 or 6 year old need an iPad? These kids should be focusing on what crayon they'll pick up next not making sure they are holding an electronic appropriately. By starting this young with electronics, what will these kids want when they are older. Is a cell phone even going to be satisfied? Also, won't these iPads cause a later trouble for these kids eyesights?

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