New iPad Textbooks and Math Instruction

January 22nd, 2012 § 0 comments

I want to write about what I think the iPad and interactive Math textbooks can do for students – but I can’t. I love Apple and pretty much all their products. I love what they are trying to do, but the problem will always be that they are a corporation trying to make money. I work at an inner ring urban suburb that has a fairly high poverty rate. In our middle school we have 3 grades that make up around 1000 students. For 1000 students we have 1 computer lab and 1 iPad cart that can be signed up for by the 50+ classrooms.

My district is no where even close to carrying out Apple’s vision of an iPad in the hands of every student filled with interactive text books. ┬áIt is not my district’s fault. Apple doesn’t cut insane deals on iPads, schools have to pay almost the full $500 price tag per iPad and then invest the thousands of dollars to fill them up with Apps and Books. How do districts have a chance?

Apple is only pushing a wedge that is separating the monetary affluent schools from the schools that simply aren’t. It is frustrating and sad, but we will continue to teach and reach out to kids no matter what technology is in our classrooms.

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