Monday, September 27, 2010

Accentuating the Negative

Fraser Speirs (via DF):

So many people have asked me to explain the educational impact of the iPad. I simply can't yet get to grips with everything that's happening. Put simply, the iPad deployment has transformed our school. Not evenly and not everywhere yet, but it's coming.

Longtime readers will remember that when I used to focus more on educational technology, I frequently made the point that "Nobody seems to notice that this technology is shit." That is, this technology is shit. In particular the need to break out of the PC paradigm, which was clearly failing schools. I'm not ready to anoint the iPad as our saviour, for a variety of reasons, but clearly it is a big step in the right direction.

Also, if you were a "handhelds in education" person, the iPad doesn't prove you right, because I don't recall you complaining about the fact that your screen was just too damn small, when it obviously was.

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