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H_TeXMeX_H 01-01-2013 11:28 AM

School spends £500,000 for 1,200 iPad2, after 1 year half are broken
 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...LF-broken.html
Ah, the quality of App£e products. That's £400 each. You could have bought some nice laptops or netbooks for that and they would still be working. You could have bought 2 netbooks for each student and they would still be working.

DavidMcCann 01-01-2013 12:39 PM

The more snobbish readers (e.g. me) will say "Essex? What do you expect!" When I was at the Inner London Education Authority, school computers were large steel boxes that were too rugged to break and too big to steal!

jefro 01-01-2013 01:29 PM

I feel sure that the quality of the product has little to do with this number. More likely the kids being animals who can't be trusted with breakable items. I would assume the netbooks would have suffered equally or more. Then you'd have to have re-trained the entire school hierarchy on how to use a pc.

The second issue is why kids need such a product? Are books somehow faulty?

Myk267 01-01-2013 03:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jefro (Post 4860737)
The second issue is why kids need such a product? Are books somehow faulty?

There's a generation of thought that computers might be able to save kids from school, inside of school, but it hasn't helped to inspire learning anymore than shoving stale books under their nose ever did.

sundialsvcs 01-01-2013 07:22 PM

Agree. I've seen first-hand "computers in every classroom" and it's a technology train-wreck. Kids sitting in front of the computers that aren't broken, learning that life consists of multiple-choice tests in which one of the four answers in front of you is correct: just guess which one. (You can't "lose" even if you're wrong, because your teacher will "fix" your answers for you, to keep her job. "No dumbf:eek:k left behind..."

If you didn't buy insurance on half-a-million pounds' worth of equipment, knowing that school kids will be just as wretched and reckless as you were, then you simply have no brain-power anyway.

kooru 01-02-2013 03:33 AM

I don't want to be antiquated, but i don't understand why kids need a ipad at school.
One thing is if a school buy PC to learn use them, but ipad?
For kids, need should be know the open source world. Then they will choose with own mind.


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