It must be the start of the school year bringing all of this research to light. But it would have been better if we had this in the Spring. Schools are reluctant to make last minute changes to programs now that school is in session (i.e. we’re stuck with iPads in HSE for this year). By the time plans for 2015-16 are being developed, these articles will be old news, the distant past as far as the Internet is concerned. That said, it’s a growing body of research on a number of points.
The iPad Education Revolution Stalls Out (gizmodo.com, Aug 26, 2014) – A good summary of pitfalls and concerns to date, with a lot of links
The quote that reveals how at least one corporate school reformer really views students (Washington Post, Aug 27, 2014) – not entirely untrue, but callous and short sighted at best
Early school start times unhealthy for students (CNN.com, Aug 28, 2014) – the impact goes beyond academic performance
And saving the best for last…
5 Lessons Drawn from the LAUSD iPad Fiasco (ipadeducators.ning.com, Aug 27, 2014) – good article and definitely worth a read, but here are the five summary points:
- Lesson 1: Change starts with a vision
- Lesson 2: Top-down strategies rarely work without communication and consensus
- Lesson 3: Training requires more than an introductory “how-to” workshop
- Lesson 4: Technology should empower students
- Lesson 5: It’s not about the device
Uncomfortably familiar, a pattern repeated near and far.