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No Child Left Behind the iPad craze: Maine kindergartens to spend $200k on iPad 2s

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Apr 2011, 09:31

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 kid's dream – an iPad…

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posted on 11 Apr 2011, 10:25 1

1. clevername (Posts: 1436; 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.

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 10:44

2. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

What could possibly go wrong? lol

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 11:52 1

3. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


posted on 11 Apr 2011, 12:24 2

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.

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 12:36 1

5. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


posted on 11 Apr 2011, 13:33

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.

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 15:23 2

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.

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 16:05 1

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!

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