February 1st, 2011

An Apple for the Teacher and Every Student?

(AJC Get Schooled Blog) My colleague Jim Galloway reports that the Legislature is considering an offer from Apple Computers to introduce iPads into middle school classrooms in Georgia as a substitute for books in a measure designed to both cut costs and modernize Georgia classrooms.

He reports that Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyon said: Last week we met with Apple Computers, and they have a really promising program where they come in and their recommending to middle schools – for $500 per child per year, they will furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system,  provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher training – and the results they’re getting from these kids is phenomenal.”

As Williams noted, the state is spending $40 million on textbooks. (And that is far from covering the full costs of the books, which is increasingly being picked up by local systems.)

Any takers?

Or does a classroom full of kids dependent on computers simply create more headaches — lost, stolen, broken, forgotten iPads– than it solves? A friend worked in a district that gave every student a laptop and said it was a disaster because of the forementioned problems.

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