While most of us elderly struggled with pens and papers, cheaply printed textbooks of susceptible ’quality’, and clunky old PCs that would have a yen-yan attack at the sight of Crysis, it is just cruel to know that today’s kids, especially the ones in some US schools, will have fancy tablet-PCs at their disposal.
A school in Maine is all set to doll out $200,000 on dozens of iPads to provide its students with a new and unique way of mugging their way out of their education. And when I say students, I do not mean juniors or even seniors, but kindergartners.
The iPad was selected because of its thousands of educational oriented applications and it’s ease of use, according to Tom Morrill, the Superintendent of the school district. “With its touchpad screen, it’s simple to use and can bring learning to life with imagery and sounds. It’s a revolution in education.” We are not sure about revolutionary, Mr. Morrill, but it sure will be magical.
Apparently, this is not the only school to aboard the tablet-chu-chu. Virginia Beach schools are also readying themselves to spend about $651,000 to purchase 1,200 iPads, which will then be distributed to schools in 10 or 30 sets. “Today’s kid is different. These kids we have, they’re wired to think digitally. They can’t be taught the old way,” said David French, a principal of one of the elementary schools.
We are not sure if robbing small children of expressing their personality and creativity that they can with crayons and pencils is advisable. Had it been used for higher educations were knowledge and information processing is much more complex than simple maths and alphabetics, the result maybe have been far more effective.