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    Macintosh Ipad Taking over School Books?

    My Question, when do you think the Ipad Will Take over School Books?
    If not today When?
    I'm not a Fan of the Ipad but i can see in the future this kind of tech will be standard, like laptops has been added to a lot of curriculum.
    I don't think any students want to attend class anymore with out a smart phone/laptop
    for easy access to information!
    Like in the 80's When calculator watches where the Epic Tech to have in School..
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    was it the 80's or 70's
    School projects..
    umm...

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    No. If you're spending that much money, you may as well buy a full-fledged laptop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random tech View Post
    My Question, when do you think the Ipad Will Take over School Books?
    If not today When?
    Not today because it's not out yet. What makes you think they will at all?
    like laptops has been added to a lot of curriculum.
    Both my sons are in fairly modern colleges but neither are required to have laptops to do any of their work.
    Like in the 80's When calculator watches where the Epic Tech to have in School..
    ??? Never heard that before.

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    This used to be a spam post, oracleguy has already removed the link to the site (a blog) where the first post was almost exactly copied from. I doubt that the poster was interested in any constructive discussion and will come back anytime soon.

    It is kind of an interesting subject, though, as I’ve thought about this myself already. My major concern would be: will people forget how to write by hand some day because they are only using their tablet PCs?

    Oh and I’ve heard that in some school (comparable to a high school for you U.S. guys out there) in my area they have installed electronic “chalkboards”. And some already have the vision that students have screens/computers on their places that can communicate with that chalkboard etc. So some day they’d just use their USB stick or whatever to go to school. Interesting thought experiment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIPStephan View Post
    Oh and I’ve heard that in some school (comparable to a high school for you U.S. guys out there) in my area they have installed electronic “chalkboards”. And some already have the vision that students have screens/computers on their places that can communicate with that chalkboard etc. So some day they’d just use their USB stick or whatever to go to school. Interesting thought experiment.
    They have the electronic boards in one of my son's classes but students can't interact with it. Of course, how do they input anything? They have to type it or write it. Typing and writing are the same hand/mind interaction.

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    I could see some of the more "richer" schools using the iPads. My college has already started an Ipod Touch program, from which they have to use on almost all the assignments and to find resources with it.

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    I like my ipod touch and everything, but if someone made me do homework on it I'd drop out and become a crack dealer.

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    Electronic whiteboards (or smart boards)--these 'chalkboards', though that term is fairly dated--are pretty much standard in UK schools. They're mostly just capable of projecting the image of the teacher's laptop on the screen and interaction via touch, but when considered that this is in every classroom, you can see the potential for large advancement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apostropartheid View Post
    Electronic whiteboards (or smart boards)--these 'chalkboards', though that term is fairly dated--are pretty much standard in UK schools. They're mostly just capable of projecting the image of the teacher's laptop on the screen and interaction via touch, but when considered that this is in every classroom, you can see the potential for large advancement.
    Won't be long till you can bring laptops into high schools. EVERY single teacher High School has a smartboard, some have normal PC's + tablet PC's. I know of a few kids that used there laptops to take notes. I don't think the iPad will do it because most schools lean towards companies like Cisco for their systems. The iPad isn't compatible, but it would not surprise me if something similar (Like Dells Mini 5) took some place in schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBDTHRU View Post
    Won't be long till you can bring laptops into high schools. EVERY single teacher High School has a smartboard, some have normal PC's + tablet PC's. I know of a few kids that used there laptops to take notes. I don't think the iPad will do it because most schools lean towards companies like Cisco for their systems. The iPad isn't compatible, but it would not surprise me if something similar (Like Dells Mini 5) took some place in schools.
    The issue with using laptops to take notes is it requires a level of maturity that high schoolers mostly lack. It is really easy to not pay attention and play flash games instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy View Post
    The issue with using laptops to take notes is it requires a level of maturity that high schoolers mostly lack. It is really easy to not pay attention and play flash games instead.
    That's true. I can see this being used for sixth form (16-18) here. Pen & paper distractions are bad enough. And chemistry + maths will be at a disadvantage.

    Intranets are also a problem. What happens if files are stored on a Windows share? A lot of schools have partnered with Microsoft.

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    We have schools here in the US that have tried a 1 to 1 student laptop ratio. The amount of repairs, software problems and issue of "Who is responsible when the kid breaks it at home or intentionally?" Plus what if the kid forgets it at home? How do we keep track of what they are placing on it?

    Needless to say we stopped the program and while we still have 1 to 1 computing the program is a normal "check out" method where it is a class at a time and not required for curriculum.

    This is at 3 of my local schools.

    They are looking into Kindle though...

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    Bureaucrats of Education make me laugh... they think the solution is to give all this technology to the students, when the REAL solution is to train and hire great teachers who love teaching, and pay them a good salary! Who cares what medium is used for the coursework?

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