• 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

Posted from Diigo.

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