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Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads
For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning? It’s a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school reformers were advocating to replace textbooks with online curricula and add creative apps to lessons. Four years later, however, it's still unclear whether the iPad is the device best suited to the classroom. Meanwhile, the cost of equipment is going down, software is improving, and state policies are driving expectations for technology access. iPads have so far been a gadget of choice at both ends of the economic spectrum: in wealthier schools with ample resources and demand from parents, and in low-income schools that receive federal grants to improve student success rates. However, the L.A. district quickly recalled about 2,100 iPads from students. Related:  District 1:1 Programs - iPad vs. Chromebook (or Both?)Mobile Devices

The Great Device Debate: iPad Vs. Chromebook Editor’s Note: In December of 2012, Help Desk blogger Tyler Desharnais authored an excellent post titled “The New Chromebook v. the iPad” which was quite popular. The post was shared via Twitter 126 times, Facebook 18 times, LinkedIn 5 times, and has had 4,062 views (and climbing) since it was first published, making it the second most popular Help Desk post to date; not bad for a high school student! Hard to believe there are schools across the country that still don’t believe and/or understand why students should be blogging…anyway… This year, I decided to resurrect the iPad versus Chromebook debate, since it continues to be a hot issue in education, and once again gain a student perspective on which device was “better” in a high school 1:1 environment. Burlington High School is fortunate because our students have access to both devices. The question to answer before answering the big question is probably: There are plenty of other reviews I could read, why should I read this? 1. 2. 3.

When Kids Start Playing To Win : NPR Ed hide captionPeri Schiavone, 13, gets some quick notes from her swim coach, Raj Verma, before hopping back into the pool at the Fairfax County YMCA in Reston, Va. Sarah Tilotta/NPR Peri Schiavone, 13, gets some quick notes from her swim coach, Raj Verma, before hopping back into the pool at the Fairfax County YMCA in Reston, Va. This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning. It's a playful word that's developed something of a bad reputation: "competition." The fear among some parents is that, once children start playing to win, at around 5 years old, losing isn't just hard. To explain what competition means to the average 5-year-old, I'm going to invoke an adult known for his ferocity on the playing field, a titan of competition: Vince Lombardi. Lombardi once said: "Winning isn't everything, but it's the only thing. It's a famous line he often repeated. 'Boo-Yah! Five-year-old Zev Glaser is already a master of trash talk. The Water Wolves

An Excellent Quick-Start Guide To iPads For Learning An Excellent Quick-Start Guide To iPads For Learning While everyone you know has had an iPad since Miley Cyrus was less…sure of herself, for whatever reason, you just got one. Or an entire classroom of iPads. Or Android tablets. Or, gulp, Windows Surface tablets. Whatever the case, you’ve got a tablet and want mobile learning happening in your classroom stat. One great resource is a post we did late last year–a collection of some of our (to that point) most popular iPad in the classroom resources. Past that–honestly, there are oodles and oodles of great posts, infographics, cautionary tales, and integration guides that could very well overwhelm you. Since we don’t want to do that, below is a useful graphic from ipads4schools that we’ve seen making the rounds on social media recently. It starts with setup tips, offers some thoughts on how you view the tablet, and even gets into workflow a bit. An Excellent Quick-Start Guide To iPads For Learning

Background of the Issue - Tablets vs. Textbooks - (click to enlarge image) Summary of reader attitudes towards print books and e-books. Source: Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Reading Habits Survey, "The Rise of E-Reading,", Apr. 4, 2012 Publishing for the K-12 school market is an $8 billion industry, with three companies - McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - capturing about 85% of this market. Proponents of tablets say that they are supported by most teachers and students, are much lighter than print textbooks, and improve standardized test scores. Opponents of tablets say that they are expensive, too distracting for students, easy to break, and costly/time-consuming to fix. 2012 marked the first time that more people accessed the Internet via smartphones and tablets than desktop or laptop computers. Students using tablets in the classroom. 43% of Americans read online books, magazines, or newspapers. Drawing of a child carrying an overstuffed backpack.

Chromebooks and iPads: Rivals No More Whether you’re a teacher or an administrator, you may be asking yourself, “Chromebooks or iPads for my classroom?” If a school is looking to go 1:1, which one is the better choice? This hotly-debated question peppers the educational landscape as districts seek to invest money in devices that will engage and enhance student learning. Although iPads and Chromebooks target the same industry, they are marketed in different ways. iPads are positioned as recreational tools with a variety of apps, while Chromebooks boast a professional appeal with business-oriented programs. But what if they crossed the enemy line, and instead, worked together? In my experience, iPads and Chromebooks fulfill different needs, and it’s ultimately up to the school/district to decide which is best suited for their school model and learning environment. First, let’s take a quick look at the unique advantages that each device has to offer. iPads: The Popular Kid Apps Functionality Usability Chromebooks: The Overachiever

Low education makes the brain age faster Education and mental gymnastics seem to keep the brain from developing early signs of ageing, new Danish research shows. (Photo: Shutterstock) Growing old isn’t fun. Our joints and muscles get weaker and our brain and mental capacities get slower. But this happens faster for some than for others. That’s the conclusion of a new Danish study that found that people with little lose mental and cognitive abilities much faster than those who do more years at school. When the scientists looked at the participants’ educational backgrounds and lines of work and compared them with how their cognitive performances deteriorated over the years they found a considerable difference. “It seems that challenging the intellect daily counters the wear and tear of the brain brought on by ageing,” says Eigil Rostrup, consultant doctor at Glostrup Hospital and senior researcher behind the study which was recently published in the journal Human Brain Mapping. An unhealthy lifestyle isn’t the reason

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers Michelle Luhtala/Edshelf With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country. “I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. 30Hands allows a user to make pictures, annotate them, record a voice explainer and then packages it all into a video. Adobe Voice is a recently released education product from Adobe that allows students to narrate a story over an array of digital images. Book Creator is only available for iPads, allowing kids to easily create their own iBook by importing images, multimedia, text, and audio. Koma Koma is a simple stop-motion animation tool.

Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools? - Tablets vs. Textbooks - "Last week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan declared a war on paper textbooks. 'Over the next few years,' he said in a speech at the National Press Club, 'textbooks should be obsolete.' In their place would come a variety of digital-learning technologies, like e-readers and multimedia Web sites... ... ...With strength and durability that could last thousands of years, paper can preserve information without the troubles we find when our most cherished knowledge is stuck on an unreadable floppy disk or lost deep in the 'cloud.' The digitization of information offers important benefits, including instant transmission, easy searchability and broad distribution.

Debating iPads or Chromebooks for 1:1? Why not both? -- THE Journal Mobile Computing | Feature Debating iPads or Chromebooks for 1:1? Why not both? As more school districts consider 1:1 initiatives, they are faced with the decision of which device to roll out. Spring Lake Public Schools in Michigan, Sioux Falls School District in South Dakota, Winneconne Community School District in Wisconsin, and the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), a nonprofit organization that manages 25 Chicago Public Schools, have implemented or plan to implement both iPads and Chromebooks in the classroom. These districts have found that iPads and Chromebooks each have their strengths and weaknesses: iPads are better suited to younger kids and subjects such as math, whereas Chromebooks tend to work better for older kids, especially in subjects like English, where assignments require considerable writing from students. Another reason why the iPads are well suited to primary grades is the sheer number of educational apps targeted for that age group.

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate—or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. This is a story about what happened when I tried to use big data to help repair my local public schools. A few years ago, I started having trouble helping my son with his first-grade homework. “I need to write down natural resources,” he told me. “Air, water, oil, gas, coal,” I replied. “I already put down air and water,” he said. “Of course they are,” I said. “But they weren’t on the list the teacher gave in class.” I knew my son would start taking standardized tests in third grade. In essence, I tried to game the third-grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), the standardized test for my state. After six months of this, I discovered that the test can be gamed. When a problem exists in Philadelphia schools, it generally exists in other large urban schools across the nation.

6 Amazing App Smash Examples to Inspire Creativity We recently challenged members of our ThingLink Education Community to take the ThingLink App Smash Challenge. The challenge was designed to help educators discover new ideas for teaching and learning with an iPad by combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. The use of ThingLink as a presentation tool provides educators with powerful possibilities for turning an image into a multimedia rich learning tool. Many members of the ThingLink EDU community submitted ThingLink powered App Smashes to our App Smash Channel and several ThingLink Expert Educators shared their expertise through one of three webinars we offered. In case you missed it, here are resources from our culminating App Smash webinar. This very simple example demonstrates how to combine the best features of ThingLink and Explain Everything to help students construct knowledge and demonstrate deep learning. Famous Monuments of the Ancient World Creative Writing with Book Creator and Scene Maker

Tablets vs. Textbooks - Tablets help students learn more material faster. Technology-based instruction can reduce the time students take to reach a learning objective by 30-80%, according to the US Department of Education and studies by the National Training and Simulation Association. 81% of K-12 teachers believe that "tablets enrich classroom education." Tablets can hold hundreds of textbooks on one device, plus homework, quizzes, and other files, eliminating the need for physical storage of books and classroom materials. E-textbooks on tablets cost on average 50-60% less than print textbooks. Tablets help to improve student achievement on standardized tests. Tablets contain many technological features that cannot be found in print textbooks. Print textbooks are heavy and cause injuries, while a tablet only weighs 1-2 pounds. Tablets help students better prepare for a world immersed in technology. On a tablet, e-textbooks can be updated instantly to get new editions or information.