Why do so many schools implement a pilot program without having a method to evaluate its success? Is it really so important to jump in wihtout looking, just to be an early adopter? And are people still thinking that an iPad is a replacement for a laptop?
Here are some article excerpts outlining what I see as contradictions and misguided efforts:
The Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District (Massachussetts) is witnessing the sunset of the first year of its elementary-school iPad program
The school district has formed an iPad Pilot Project Evaluation Committee
"It’s really to reinforce what’s already being taught in the curriculum,"
The mechanism to evaluate the project is still being hammered out
Students will benefit from keeping up on advances in computer interfaces, and the tablet models are cheaper for the school to purchase than traditional computers