No Child Left Behind the iPad craze: Maine kindergartens to spend $200k on iPad 2s
You might think that it's the kids' decision, but you'd be wrong – the school committee in the city of Auburn in the great state of Maine has approved a plan to fulfill every five-year old's dream – an iPad. You might have also thought that since it's for the kids, they could have gone for the discounted first edition in this troubled economy, but you'd be wrong twice. With that said, comes the shocking number - $200,000 for second-gen iPads for 285 kindergarteners and additional tablets for the teachers as each tablet will cost $479.
The iPad 2 program has the sole goal of increasing literacy from the current 62% to 90% by 2013 and Apple's tablet is the perfect tool for that, at least according to literacy instructor Mauri Dufour. And while some parents love the idea, others like Nicole Fortin commented:
“It’s crazy. I look at all of the budgetary restraints we have. Our school system loses money every year to certain things. This is a lot to put in the hands of a 5-year-old.”
After a special training program, the
kids as well as the teachers will be allowed to take the iPads home.
To fuel the controversy even more, a recent study suggested that
iPads are mostly used for gaming. Oh, and 6-year olds who have missed
the opportunity must be green with envy. Don't you just wish you were a kindergartener nowadays?
1. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
I think it's a good concept to have tablets pc's to help education. The more hands on approach is definitely good. But to take then home? The teacher should but not students. Or at least not kindergarteners. I think they should've put them in the computer lab for the whole school to use also.
4. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
What a waste of money. You could have used that money to better train your instructors, replace failing equipment, or stock your school with books for these kids to read. Especially if you want to improve literacy rates.
Fear for the future of the world, people.
6. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)
$479 per ipad 2? I'm assuming it'll be the cheapest model, which will sell normally at $499. So $20 off... Would it have killed Apple to show a better gesture of charity? They'll be raping as it is if anyone decides to buy any accessories for the ipad. Or maybe they need that margin since a lot of money will change hands. Under the table that is.
7. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Really? Apple's the bad guy here? How about the school board that approved this. I can't see the difference between this and handing out Gameboys. Kids have enough attention problems as is.
8. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Agree, Savage. No school board in this country should be spending money outfitting KINDERGARDENERS with technology. They are 4-5 years old! Spend that money on your instructors, buying physical books, renovating your campus, or making sure that your high school students have the equipment they need to graduate!