If you are in a 1:1 iPad setting, or considering one…
If you are in a 1:1 iPad setting, or are considering one, there were two brilliant items released today that you should take note of.
The first is a blog post by Fraser Speirs, the IT director at what I consider the original iPad school. Incidentally, they donated their original first generation iPads to Africa this year, and upgraded to 4th Generation iPads. Fraser's post discusses the news from LA, where students “hacked” their iPads to gain access to things such as the web browser (I kid you not, the LAUSD blocked kids from using the web). Once you get past Fraser's technical comments, there is a whole section about philosophy and responsibility that should be mandatory reading for any 1:1 setting (iPad or not). I think these thoughts just flow out of his mind–he's a Mozart when it comes to communicating about technology in education.
Yes…go read the link: http://speirs.org/blog/2013/10/1/battle-los-angeles.html
The other item is an infographic by Richard Wells at iPads 4 Schools. His site was recently upgraded to look like iOS 7 and is a wealth of information for any iPad implementation. The infographic he posted this evening makes the case for iPads versus a clamshell device. I may make a similar poster for music, and I will definitely give credit to him!
Here is the link to the infographic/poster! http://ipad4schools.org/2013/10/02/why-ipad-poster/
What a great day for resources!