Surprise! iPads don't improve education unless you teach with them properly
posted by Michael H. / May 13, 2016, 7:10 PM
Of course, not everyone is so convinced. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said students who use tablets and computers heavily actually tend to underperform compared to those who use them moderately. And, University of Michigan professor Elliot Soloway said classroom computers don't help because schools bring in the technology without changing the curriculum or teaching methods.
Apple wants to improve the situation though, and has been sending employees to each school for 17 days per year to train teachers, recommend apps, and help prepare lessons and teaching techniques. Additionally, the report says Apple is providing each student at 114 schools with an iPad, teachers with iPads and MacBook computers, and classrooms with Apple TVs. Some schools have seen Apple build Wi-Fi networks.
The efforts by Apple have been touted as unprecedented, so we'll have to see if they pay off.
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surprise? what surprise? isnt it more like "common sense"?
posted on May 13, 2016, 7:21 PM 15
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You can't say that to PA. PA we as readers we want thumbs UP and DOWN (like and dislike) for Yor articles. And starting with this article I will give it thumb down.
posted on May 13, 2016, 8:09 PM 6
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As if you don't make lots of mistakes and corrected by so many other users...? Why would you be going correcting other users mistakes when your not even perfect? That's the only way you can rebuttal the user rather than the thread post?
posted on May 15, 2016, 5:20 AM 0
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It's a click bait article because it's Friday and they need the traffic for trolls to argue.
posted on May 13, 2016, 7:50 PM 3
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Stupid article, these are kids. If you don't teach them how to use technology for learning, how the hell are they suppose to know how to use it "properly". I mean, right now they know iPads or any other tablets can be used for angry birds, watching cartoons and stuffs, but they still don't know how to use it for education, this is where the schools should come in and teach. You can just put gun in a person's hand and expect them to act as a police officer can you? You have to train them first.
posted on May 13, 2016, 7:56 PM 0
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Surprise! No educational tool is effective if you have teachers who cannot teach or are hobbled by state curricula.
posted on May 13, 2016, 8:06 PM 4
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How is this unprecedented? It's the same thing they did a few decades ago with Macintosh in schools. (Anyone else remember when it was Macintosh, not just Mac?) Get their products in the hands of the learning young... win what's called "mind share" early on. It's probably one of the larger contributors to their rise in the mid-late 2000's. All those kids in the early 90's grew up, and had that familiarity with Apple already ingrained into their brains.
posted on May 13, 2016, 10:15 PM 0
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Proving more potential distractions, as education tools, yeah...I still don't get how schools thought it was a smart idea, but oh well.
posted on May 14, 2016, 6:29 AM 0
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Was android or the surface pro a potential tool as well? I would rather have a gaming laptop from which I could do even more and provide me even more. I already have a tablet. So my next goal should be a gaming laptop.
posted on May 16, 2016, 10:52 AM 0
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Android can be customized so it is 'possible' to make it a more locked down from potential distractions then an iPad can be, that said it still allows for a world of potential distraction, at best, they need a tablet that is slow enough to not run most games, but fast enough for educational tools. But yeah, even that won't solve the problem, but yeah.
posted on May 16, 2016, 10:59 AM 0
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Duh... You don't learn anything of value from a limited consumption toy.
posted on May 15, 2016, 3:18 AM 0
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