“Students At Lynn University Get iPad Minis Instead of Textbooks” http://feedly.com/k/16oBbgB

Okay gang! I’ll add more in a bit, but the savings of 50% or more, combined with the combination of internet plus text content is finally being shown.

Here’s the extra bit:

I’m noting a particular trend in educational computing..and it may (or may not be) the right one. It involves this:

Bring whatever device you want, because it will save us (the school) money.
Don’t ask us to be responsible for it.
We don’t have enough money to pay for “one for everyone”.
We (the educators) may OR MAY NOT have a clue what it is, but that’s okay.

And here’s the second most painful point:
I know it will save us money, but since we can’t afford ‘one of those things’ for every student, we have to spend MORE MONEY THAN THE DEVICE AND BOOK COMBINED to buy a textbook for every student.

Okay, this is where someone with a calculator should be saying “what the hell…..?”

When it’s cheaper to buy the device for the student, plus a digital copy of the book AND the deal is cheaper than buying the standard text and the study guide AND the teacher’s guide…then why are schools taking the MORE EXPENSIVE route while saying they don’t HAVE ENOUGH MONEY?

The second issue is that instructors (save the “flipped classroom” idea at Sophia.org (see http://www.sophia.org/what-is-the-flipped-classroom/what-is-the-flipped-classroom–3-tutorial?pathway=flipped-classroom) seem to be releasing knowledge (or even interest) of the digital world. It’s almost like that they figure “we can’t afford it, so why bother learning it?”

That answer is easy, though. Despite my belief that educators are overworked and underpaid, there is not enough time in the day for them to “fuss with the tech” when it doesn’t work. Since the tech tends to be “low bid”, and the technicians are too busy to work on every problem that comes up….the teachers and kids get junk. Literally, verbally, and figuratively.

The equipment needs to be:

  • Good quality
  • Ubiquitous
  • A definitive cost savings
  • Swappable with spares, with zero turnaround time.

The technicians and educators need to be:

  • Trained well
  • Supported by administration
  • Able to teach and support each other
  • Genuinely excited about it
  • Have the latitude to integrate it into the curriculum as needed.

These are big orders, but they ARE being done in other places. “Education foundations” and Bake Sales aren’t enough. Relying on parents to “buy” the equipment for school use “isn’t enough”.

The change can’t be “dollar driven”. It must be “child education driven”.