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.