Expect ALL schoolchildren to be using iPads in the near future

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    Say goodbye to 10 pounds of heavy uninteractive textbooks; say hello to iPad

    A Maine school system may be adding the iPad 2 to its list of mandatory kindergarten classroom items, with the district footing the bill. The Auburn Schools Committee voted unanimously to provide all kindergartners with an iPad 2 next year. Each subsequent kindergarten class would receive individual devices as well, CNN and WGME report. It would cost the district about $200,000 next year, with Apple cutting them a deal by charing $475 per iPad. Superintendent Tom Morrill says the district will find the money in the budget and through grants.
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    Unfortunately, our government secondary school doesn't have the budget to buy our kids iPads so that is very much a pipe dream for most government schools in UK. yes, I know some private schools have them but the code is in the word "private" e.g. Lots of private money.
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    I know someone is in college (a Computer Science major) and he and many other people in his classes are using iPads.
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    I would have love to have this back in my school days.
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    In kindergarten?????

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    I'd prefer a double-screen notebook like a Kno.
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    Third and fourth graders at a school in Leland, MI use them, thanks to the voters who approved a bond to purchase the iPads.
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    Well, Kindergarten _is a little late to start with the iPad; but its better than nothing.....;-)
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    That is a terrible idea for many different reasons. The costs would be astronomical. They would be dropped and broken. They would need to be completely locked down so that kids aren't playing angry birds on them instead of using the textbooks. There would be a giant backlash once people like me find out the school district is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on iPads for children.

    Why would a kid need an iPad for a textbook? Its a ridiculous waste of money. If a tablet was needed, it could be made a HELL of a lot cheaper than the iPad and still be fine for textbooks.
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    Fully agree

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    People don't use common sense - this is how we will save the education system. What a joke - thank God for homeschooling that is done right.
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    Expect ALL children to be using iPads in the near future? I seriously doubt it. Perhaps that particular school district is in a wealthy area and they can afford to indulge such silly ideas. In our area teachers are being laid off, schools are closing, extracurricular programs are being cut or going to parent supported and schools are desperately trying to get renewal levies passed. Somehow I don't see them dropping $200K on devices that have little practical use in the classroom at this time. It is so nice of Apple to drop the price a whopping $25 per unit though. Something tells me they hope to make that back tenfold through sales of electronic books.
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    LOL, I didn't even think of that. Can you imagine the political S*(@ storm that would come from a school district buying hundreds of thousands of dollars of iPads and then laying off teachers? I don't think any politician would sign off on something like that unless they were seriously planning on quitting anyway.
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    What a totally ridiculous idea, can't imagine this taking off in the UK, the backlash would be huge!
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    Early elementary is too early - jr. high might be appropriate.
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    My school has Macs and Pcs. The PCs are terrible and only NetBoot leaving a unused Windows license. The macs have no: Directory.app, Terminal.app, most of the utilities.app, system preferences.app, dashboard.app, and is absolutely locked. Those Macs that use 1% of their power all cost over 1000. Now let me guess the iPad only contain educational apps and are presumably running iOS v3.0.

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    They call it a kindle

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    I get a little apprehensive when my 10 year old uses my iPad; there is no way I would be letting a 5 or 6 year old have one of their own :confused:

    Of course our school district doesn't even pay for the kids to have art in class anymore (parents have to pay for it and volunteer to teach it) so I don't see them buying the kids iPads anytime soon.
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    I am amazed by the lack of vision being displayed on this thread.

    I am sure the admisters are weighing the investment in the iPads against the savings from not having to provide text books. I am also sure that the book publishers are watching this VERY closely and looking for ways to increase profits by selling the digital liscening instead of the costly physical publishing.

    Why are the costs of apps so cheap? No marketing costs to speak of, no manufacturing cost to speak of. No packaging costs at all.

    Paper books are going to vanish in the not too distant future and will all be digital. Paper books, all paper books, will become vintage, very high dollar collectors items. Start saving them in your attic now for your grandchildren to make big bucks selling them to collectors.
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    I think you are right on the button with this one.

    More and more school districts will be implementing iPads to the classroom.
    The young ones today are so tech savvy now it is almost second nature to them.
    Plus the saving of trees and storage of all these text books in the classroom.

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