iPads in Education and the Road Ahead for Edubuntu

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  1. Lysistrata says:

    Good observations. A rather cynical marketing ploy by Apple has resulted in many schools being suckered into sinking huge investment into Apple kit which is notoriously locked down, allowing schools to use only apps and software ‘allowed’ by the great Apple beast at a cost. If we believe tablets are the most apt technology for kindergarten kids, what about evaluating other devices, eg Android? What about evaluating whether the money could be better invested elsewhere – eg in better staff-pupil ratios, or in materials. I can’t help but think that many schools are going down this route with eye-closed to the longer term ramifications, and reinforcing the idea that kids are consumers not creators. Surely in light of recent announcements from the likes of Michael Gove, the Royal Society and Google’s Chair we should be encouraging kids to become creators not consumers by teaching them how to get behind the glossy interface and into the guts of the machine and software.

  2. Patrice Prud'homme says:

    Very interesting post. I would be glad to give you a hand if you consider an experimentation in the Quebec public schools ;-)

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