Saturday, January 08, 2011

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  • Talk about virtual field trips. Here are 10 great Car trips that you can play right in your browser. Show your students!

    tags: GoogleEarth

    • less costly options, like smartphones
    • paying for their iPads through federal and other grants,
    • “You can do everything that the iPad can with existing off-the-shelf technology and hardware for probably $300 to $400 less per device,
    • About 5,400 educational applications are available specifically for the iPad, of which nearly 1,000 can be downloaded free.
    • “It has brought individual technology into the classroom without changing the classroom atmosphere,”
    • “It’s not about a cool application,” Dr. Brenner said. “We are talking about changing the way we do business in the classroom.”
  • This REALLY upsets me. To me, it's clear that these folks should NOT be making decisions about what matters in education.

    tags: ipads

    • teach Kafka in multimedia, history through “Jeopardy”-like games and math with step-by-step animation of complex problems.
    • The iPads cost $750 apiece
    • Educators, for instance, are still divided over whether initiatives to give every student a laptop have made a difference academically.
    • “IPads are marvelous tools to engage kids, but then the novelty wears off and you get into hard-core issues of teaching and learning.”
    • “If there isn’t an app that does something I need, there will be sooner or later,”
    • $56,250 for the initial 75
    • 32-gigabyte, with case and stylus
    • play math games, study world maps and read “Winnie the Pooh.”
    • “I think this could very well be the biggest thing to hit school technology since the overhead projector,
    • The New York City public schools have ordered more than 2,000 iPads, for $1.3 million
    • More than 200 Chicago public schools applied for 23 district-financed iPad grants totaling $450,000. The Virginia Department of Education is overseeing a $150,000 iPad initiative

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1 comment:

Terry from Math Game Review said...

This really irks me. I mean, I like educational software, but to go out and buy a whole lot of iPads and expect education to transform - how is that supposed to work??
The thing does not even run Flash, so a gazillion flash based learning sites are off bounds before even starting!
I also wonder how many will be broken in no time...
Full-featured laptops seem like a far better idea.