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IPads for Kindergarten...

Posted by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:01 AM
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Leno did a skit about this the other night, it was hilarious. The little Kindergarten girl held up her IPad and said "Look I did it! I hacked into the Pentagon!.....Now I'm uploading to Wiki Leaks!"


iPad 2 tablets for kindergarten students

BOSTON: Looks like crayons, finger paints and alphabet blocks as teaching tools are old school. Kindergarten students in Maine will now learn their ABCs and 123s on the latest iPad 2 tablets.

A school district in Auburn, Maine will dish out 200,000 dollars to buy iPads for nearly 300 kindergarten pupils for the next school session starting around August this year.

Apart from their alphabets and numbers, the kindergarten students will learn drawing and music on the hi-tech gadget through apps for phonics, building words, letter recognition and letter formation.

The iPad is a powerful education tool with hundreds of teaching applications, Superintendent Tom Morrill said in a Boston Globe report. "With its touchpad screen, it is simple to use and can bring learning to life with imagery and sounds. It's a revolution in education," he said.

The school board had last week unanimously approved the plan to give all kindergartners iPads next fall. Maine had distributed Apple laptops to all seventh and eighth graders in 2002 and 2003, becoming the first state to equip students statewide with computers.

The state Department of Education believes Auburn is the first school district in Maine that will give iPads to kindergartners, the Boston Globe report said. Schools in Omaha, Nebraska; Columbiana, Ohio and Scottsdale, Arizona are among other places where kindergarten pupils are using iPads.

Angus King, the former Maine governor who launched the state's laptop programme, lauded the idea of iPads in kindergarten saying anything that holds the attention of pupils will help in the learning process. "If your students are engaged, you can teach them anything," King said.

"If they're bored and looking out the window, you can be Socrates and you're not going to teach them anything. These devices are engaging," he said.

However some education experts and parents are not sold on the idea of using iPads for kindergarten pupils. The USD 200,000 proposed for iPads "might be better spent on some other school programme," said parent Sue Millard .

She also questioned whether kindergartners are old enough to appreciate the effort. "I understand you have to keep up with technology, but I think a 5-year old is a little too young to understand," she said.

Larry Cuban, a professor emeritus of education at Stanford University and the author of 'Oversold and Underused: Computers in Schools,' said there's no proof that computers bring learning benefits to pupils who are young.

"There's no evidence in research literature that giving iPads to 5-year-olds will improve their reading scores," he said.
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busymom64064
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:03 AM

that is just way too young to be giving ipads for learning. IMO

sweettigeress
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:03 AM

lord.

Stephanie116
by Silver Member on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:05 AM

My daughter talks about using them at school all the time. They apparently use them to play games to practice their spelling.. etc. I don't think it is necessary, but oh well.

Sweets27
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM

I don't think it's necessary for school no matter what grade.

k_hall1784
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM
I think its great! We had an IPad and when we got bored with it, we gave it to our 4 and 7 year old. My 4 year old is a wiz on it. She can surf the web and even find her dad's music videos VIA youtube.
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Abigail82
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:12 AM
And people wonder why kids these days can't do anything without electronics. You have got to be kidding. That's lame.
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treaH
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM
Dumb.
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Tiffany3949
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM

 pretty soon they are going to be requiring all parents to purchase laptops instead of notebooks =/

LongBeachLiz
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM
I dont think it's all that necessary... Kids can learn without it and they have been for many centuries. My daughter plays on a computer at home but it isn't her main source of education. Children need a variety of learning medias.
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ChancesMommy07
by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM


Quoting k_hall1784:

I think its great! We had an IPad and when we got bored with it, we gave it to our 4 and 7 year old. My 4 year old is a wiz on it. She can surf the web and even find her dad's music videos VIA youtube.

My three year old uses ours all the time. We have over 20 learning games on there that are his and he is good at all of them.

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