Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
I teach and support tech and media making in an independent middle school in Lexington, KY. Our high school began a laptop program in 2003. Last year after Christmas we initiated an iPad test in the middle school, which has evolved into a BYOD situation now. Nothing to read into situation. Roughly a third of the middle school students now bring iPads or apple laptops to school. Teachers unanimously support what's happening. Nobody ready to use the phone yet.
Parents, and all of us, continue to ask if their kids should have one or both devices. Can they use their
phones ? We're in good discussion here. Question: Is laptop the whole kitchen ? Do we liken (iPad 1/2) to a microwave ? Is the phone the microwave ? What are we cooking ? Are apps microwave dinners ?
Release of new tablets and iPad 3, not to mention progress in publishing, I trust, will make the conversation tastier.