I read this article while I am in the midst of surveying the teachers of our school in order to take the pulse of the attitudes toward this new technology. It is asking some big questions, some that have been on my mind for a while:
As of February 2013, 4.5 million iPads had been purchased for use in the U.S. K-12 academic environment. One million of these purchases happened in Q2 of 2012 alone, which represented more than the total number of K-12 iPads purchased up to that point. The growth rate is staggering, and doesn’t show signs of slowing anytime soon. But are our schools ready for the iSwarm? Read more…
Reimer brings up the issue of teacher planning as well as the prickly issue of the iPad being more of a consumption device as opposed to a creation device. Although I am currently preoccupied with the former challenge (how do you support the integration and implementation into the workflow of already over-worked teachers?) it is the latter that disturbs me the most:
There is essentially universal agreement that we need to invest heavily in STEM education, particularly from a human resource standpoint. Well, guess what: Handing a student an iPad won’t inspire them to build it or program it. You’d be better off giving them a graphing calculator or a cheap computer and teaching them to code.