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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Haiku Month - Day 4

Progress is good, but if
you don't know where you came from
how can can you go back.


In a major push to modernise the school, not for any practical reason but so she can boast about having a modern school, Marj's headmistress bought £30,000.00 of ipads for the kids and staff. This decision would have been more palatable if the Head knew anything about computers, she actually needs someone else to turn hers on, literally, but another school has them and there was no way she wasn't keeping up with the Jones'.

Now, there are some things the ipad can do that the netbooks, that the kids already had, can't. But there are even more that ipads can't manage. You can't teach kids keyboard skills in the same way. You can't touch type in effect, but then you can't swype either, so input is slow.

We have a friend at opera who is so proud because his two year old granddaughter has her own ipad. Why? Not a junior version but the full scale adult version. Surely there are better ways of aiding manual dexterity than pointing on a screen, like proper drawing with a pencil.

The ipads, to most of the staff's minds, are a waste of money and think the kids would be better off sticking with Windows based computers, with proper keyboards, and retaining the skills they have already learnt. But the most telling thing is that most of the staff think their time would be better spent learning to write correctly, neatly, and grammatically. They shouldn't be devoid of computer time, but they need some real basic skills that can serve them throughout their lives no matter what happens with technology. Not in the way Michael Gove thinks should happen, he knows nothing. But that's another post, another time.

2 Comments:

  • I hear that in some American states, they have banned cursive writing. How short sighted is that?

    Those iPads have predictive text which usually puts bad words on the screens.

    By Blogger Toffeeapple, At 2:45 PM  

  • It's a lazy way of communicating. Relying on the computer to do what, in effect, you can't. Spelling and Grammar Checks are all very well as a shortcut, but when there has been a choice of words how do you know it's the right one if you don't understand?

    By Blogger kennamatic, At 7:35 PM  

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