“Recently, the school board in Auburn, Maine decided to launch a pilot program which would place an iPad 2 in the hands of the district’s 300 kindergarten students,” Kelly Hodgkins reports for TUAW. “While school officials hail this program as ‘a revolution in education,’ some parents are questioning this decision.”
Spearheaded by Tracey Levesque of Auburn, the Auburn Citizens for Responsible Education are mounting an opposition to the school board’s iPad 2 program,” Hodgkins reports. “The group questions the effect of handing iPads to children who are not ready for the technology and objects to the use of taxpayer money to fund this experimental program.”
Hodgkins reports, “The group plans to argue its case against the iPad 2 at an upcoming School Committee meeting to be held Wednesday, April 27… For a different (positive) perspective on iPads in primary education, be sure to check out Mac developer & school IT director Fraser Spiers’ blog.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: The 4, 5, and 6 year olds we’ve seen using educational apps on iPads operate the devices just fine – and that’s without a curriculum in place or teachers present.
Maine kindergartners to get Apple iPad 2 units this fall – April 8, 2011