Skip to comments.School that spent £500,000 giving its pupils iPads admits that HALF are now broken
Posted on 01/01/2013 1:51:55 AM PST by dennisw
Honywood Community Science School gave iPad2 to its 1,200 pupils a year ago Admits half of the costly devices have been broken
A school which gave out iPads to every pupil in hope of improving their education has admitted that just a year later half the costly devices have been broken.
Honywood Community Science School dished out iPad2 tablets to its 1,200 pupils a year ago, at vast cost to the taxpayer.
Despite warnings that children would not be able to look after the fragile computer tablet, the school in Coggeshall, Essex, allowed children to take the device outside the classroom, playground and street and home at evenings and weekends.
About a fifth of those sent for repair 112 had to be sent back more than once.
Pupils said in some of the younger classes, around half the class had broken their tablet at least once, and some as many as three times.
Despite the threat of confiscation after three tablets, ultimately none were taken away from pupils.
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I think that's their way of saying "stolen".
The edumacators figure>>>
“give the kids iPads to distract them and they won’t be annoying me so much”
“Hey its only taxpayers money!”
They’d have been better off buying the kids MaxiPads.
“It was hoped that the iPads would be a useful learning tool, as well as keep the school up to pace with international competitors embracing the technology in the classroom.”
What the hell is so hard about making them pick up a pencil and use a sheet of paper?
Never mind, I know the answer: The kids might actually learn something.
If this practice starts in the US, all of the devices will be on EBAY within 24 hrs
Walk them on a field trip to the nearest field.
Assignment: create something to write on and to write with from nature's elements.
One thing I have learned, mostly due to the cell phone hysteria.
Just because alot of people like something, that doesn’t make it “good”.
I would say only 25% of the calls I get (on my land line) that come from cell phones are anything near acceptable.
Computers are sensitive electronic instruments. They are not Tonka toys.
A year ago, my neighbor wanted me to look at his kids Toshiba laptop. Seemed to be powering up, but no display.
Plugged a real monitor into it and it powered up fine, it was running Vista. Tore it down until I could get to the video connector, did some re-seating, testing, and took it back over.
Kids were astonished when it came up, and I said “OK! You guys can use it, but the rule is NO MORE MILK NEAR THE COMPUTER!!
Somebody had spilled milk on it. Frankly, I was amazed it didn’t short out the vid circuits.
That’s, more or less, my position. By the time a child graduates from high school, he should be able to solve most math problems with a pencil, paper, and appropriate charts.
The new calculators virtually guarantee no learning at all, as you only have to type in the question, as it is written in the book, and write down the answer.
Stunned,.... stunned I tell ya!!!!
I’m a teacher. I’m also a real luddite when I teach. Paper, pencil, books and a blackboard. It’s the job of the teacher to come up with a lesson plan that the children will be able to work through on their own.
It’s also an eyeopener. Parents - have your 8th graders read a page out to you. You’ll see what I mean when you do.
LOL! That sounds like an assignment I'd give. Of course, around here, we've got oak galls and lots of scrap iron, so the ink thing is easy.
One of the school districts in my county just announced that they have gotten a grant to buy iPads for all their kindergarteners.
Well, at least in this case they were accounted for. In the above case, laptops were stolen...the school knows perfectly well who took them; they didn’t even call the police. Why would they? The never-ending stream of taxpayer money replaced them without embarrassing the criminals. Nice lesson, huh?
Apparently, the cops tried to open an investigation after finding some of them (I assume at a Pawn Shop)...but as you can tell from the article and the quotes from law enforcement...they were stonewalled.
“Thats, more or less, my position. By the time a child graduates from high school, he should be able to solve most math problems with a pencil, paper, and appropriate charts.
The new calculators virtually guarantee no learning at all, as you only have to type in the question, as it is written in the book, and write down the answer.”
Agree. My kids were given pencils, paper, and appropriate tables (i.e., Trig and Log). That got them just short of Calculus. From there, they finally got calculators, as I couldn’t find a math text that didn’t use them.
Needless to say, they were (and are) many years ahead of their peers.
Seen the X-Box lately, by the way, really cool. (LOL)
I bought a bunch of first generation playstation games, when I was younger and I’m still working on those. :)
“One of the school districts in my county just announced that they have gotten a grant to buy iPads for all their kindergarteners.”
Grant = federal money
Amazing our representatives in Washington can’t find any money to cut from the budget. We must have new taxes or the nation can’t survive.
Oh its been done in the US.
“What the hell is so hard about making them pick up a pencil and use a sheet of paper?”
And we’re seeing ads that Comcast has a program for providing free internet to kids in underprivileged homes so they don’t have to go the library to do research. Poor babies. Apparently, our monthly payments are subsidizing this program. Going to the library didn’t seem to cause me any angst or long-term emotional problems.
Since Comcast is NBC, it’s looking like we’ll be checking out Dish or some other provider.
My step-father always told me, “People don’t care for things that are given to them.”
I’ve found that only those things earned and not acquired are truly cared for.
This weekend I watched one of my liberal nieces try to prompt an “Occupy” statement out of my grandmother. I was happy as a clam to see granny shut her down hard.
My niece asked about the “suffering of the great depression” and my grandmother told her that its a bigger deal today than it was then. They didn’t even call it the great depression till afterward and people who lived within their means were largely unaffected.
My niece asked about all the farms that were “stolen” by the banks and granny pointed out that people who weren’t neck deep in debt didn’t lose their farms. She said they lived within their means so they and their neighbors were never in danger of losing their farms.
Granny ended by saying that they couldn’t miss what they never had and they had a whole lot less in those days. She said you kids now have too much as it is and you think you deserve it all as cheaply as possible. She warned my niece that real pain is headed her way and all the crap that she thinks she’s entitled to is going to be her downfall.
If you give out ipads to monkeys at the zoo in the hopes that it will boost their intelligence, you’ll wind up with broken ipads covered with feces.
The point is, the intelligence must be there FIRST, before you give out the damned devices! The pads do not CREATE intelligence.
It’s worse than that. I have a 32 y/o nephew, college grad, works in the software industry who proudly admits he remembers and learns nothing that is not work related because he can always look up any answer on his smart phone.
go granny go!!!
Reminds me of Portland, OR (I think) who gave out blankets to the “homeless” one winter. They later found out most were quickly swapped off for a bottle of wine.
Then another liberal utopia had free bikes placed throughout the city. The thinking was the good citizens would bike from one area to another and leave them in specific spots for other good citizens to use. They had to stop as too many were stolen.
“All are just drops in the bucket but there are enough to fill a supertanker.”
I agree with you 100%. I notice many of the politicians and journalists engaged in the budget debate are quick to defend an item of spending by saying it only comprises 1% or 2% of the budget. However a million here and a million there quickly add up to significant money.
Going after entitlements only plays into the Democrats hand. Republicans should be going after smaller line items that an overwhelming majority of Americans would agree can be eliminated because the constituencies are small or outside the country.
This could be turned into a great PR stunt. The Republicans should stand on the steps of the Capitol one day and take turns reading line item by line item the federal expenditures for mosque restoration in Ethiopia, aquariums in Brazil, iPads for 5 year olds, etc, etc, etc. Make a big deal of it. Obama wants specifics, well here are specifics. Spend several hours detailing several billion dollars of cuts and then walk into the House chamber and pass a bill legislating the cuts totaling many billions of dollars immediately. Throw it in Reid and Obama’s lap. A month later, go back and do the same thing.
When a family breadwinner loses a job, most families don’t immediately take drastic measures such as pulling a child out of college, stop buying medical insurance or sell the house. The family looks at all of the little expenditures that aren’t essentials and cuts them. No more latte at Starbucks. No more HBO. Hamburger instead of steak for dinner. No more dining out. The Republicans should go to the nation and tell the people it is time to cut the “nice to have” but non-essential expenditures. Put the Democrats in the position of defending iPads for 5 year olds, new art for embassies, or worker unity programs in Peru.
I would go even further and detail the cuts that have been made but show how they aren’t enough and talk about how they’re whittled down to much smaller cuts.
For instance, my congressman sought a $50 million cut in funding to the endowment for the arts. What he got was a $20 million cut which still leaves the endowment with $125 per year which will grow by a couple percent per year and surpass the $125 million in less than a decade.
I would also make a big deal of the money that is dedicated to one thing but gets siphoned off for other things. Things like highway funds paying for bike paths and highway museums. A few years ago Carl Levin sought $2 million out of highway funds to save a section of the old Tiger stadium in Detroit.
When it comes right down to it, the more money left in the hands of the people means more money spent closer to home in ways the better represent the wishes of the people.
Already has happened and is happening here in Tejas. Many of those taxpayer funded ipads find their way back to Meh-hee-co and never return.
I’m 32, and even kids, “adults,” just 3 years my junior are completely alien to me. They covet SO MUCH STUFF and they want and they want and when they don’t get it, they blame EVERYONE. They can’t just sit back and say, “Well, it’s not in the budget this month. I’ll put aside some cash and hopefully be able to buy it in the next few months.” Instant gratification is the most important driving factor for kids these days.
Your grandmother is a sage old woman. I remember talking with my great-grandmother when I was a young teen. She was born in the Ukraine before the Ukraine was an independent state (~1912). She was raised on a wheat farm and was excessively poor growing up. She fled for the US before the Nazis and the Russians could take everything. She lost touch with everything and everyone in her home town. She used to tell me, “Want for nothing, because it could all be gone in a moment.” She was a big driver for me to look into the seminary, living a life of poverty and obedience to the Lord seemed the most appropriate lot for me.
Now I’m married, have a modest home, no debt, and I’ve consistently said that it could all burn down to the ground, my car could careen off a bridge, I could lose everything, and I would just go on living. I tell an “adult” just 5 years my junior these things, and they look at me like I’m a space alien. They just don’t get it. Life, liberty, family, God... those are all intangibles that are more important than any single gadget, widget, device, toy, or item could ever be.
Pray for our youth.
The other thing the Republicans could focus on is divesting and privatizing a number of government functions. Amtrak, Rural Electrification Agency, TVA, US Postal Service, General Motors, and PBS can all be sold to raise money for the treasury. Romney made a big mistake by suggesting he wanted to shut off Big Bird. He should have talked about selling PBS to raise money to pay down the debt. In a world with hundreds of cable channels with arts, science, humnaities, and historical programming the need for government funded programming is at an end.
Well at least he will get usually correct answers.
That can really upset liberals during a political discussion...:^)
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