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.
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