Thursday, 10 July 2014
What is the Macon County school system thinking with its $500,000 lease/purchase of 750 iPads for their new “oneto- one” initiative for every high school student? That’s $662 per iPad!
I love technology, having owned iPhones, iPads, Macs and PCs over decades. However, I have also been concerned about how our education system has been spending over those decades on “technology” that has not been shown to improve student outcomes. That spending has greatly improved the bottom lines of computer manufacturers, educational software developers, and recently, electronic book publishers.
I recommend Todd Oppenheimer’s book “The Flickering Mind: Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology.” It could be summarized in one sentence from the book: “If computers are so great, why aren’t we seeing great things by now in our schools?” Exactly!