[plug] WA Govenment iPads for year 1 and 2 students
darts at dialix.com.au
Tue Feb 21 22:02:41 WST 2012
On 02/19/2012 04:30 PM, Alexander Hartner wrote:
> My kids public school has a special technology program which covers a
> lot of different aspects. The program does however require the
> purchase or lease of Apple hardware
> "*What commitment is needed from families for successful participation
> in the program?*
> Access to appropriate technology is vital. Ashdale Secondary College
> will provide access to specialist software, specially trained teachers
> and specialist industry personal. Parents will be required to provide
> students with access to Apple MacBooks, in a one to one program
> model. There are a number of purchasing and lease arrangements that
> have been made possible through our partnership with Apple and more
> information regarding this will be provided at parent evenings during
> Term 2."
> I wonder what they going to learn that can't be done on a non-Mac
> I am rather keen to take a look at that document.
> On 09/02/2012, at 11:04 , Michael Van Delft wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> At the LCA Bid meeting Luke mentioned that some people have been
>> kicking around the idea of putting together a formal letter to send to
>> Premier Colin Barnett and Education Minister Liz Constable about the
>> “nearly 900 iPads” for year 1 and 2s that the WA State Government is
>> spending “$1million” on. I would be very interested in getting
>> something like an open letter or partition going. I personally believe
>> that this is atrocious, educating young children about technology is a
>> step in the right direction but iPads are not the right tool for the
>> job. Some of the points made were:
>> *Cost of the device ($1,000,000 / <900) is more than $1,110 per
>> device. OLPC laptops are arround $400 I think and
>> *Vendor Lock-in - Need iTunes
>> *Suitability of the Device - vs OLPC laptops that are *designed* for
>> education or even just of the shelf netbooks
>> *Open-ness of the device software - what if a parent wants to write
>> software like a maths quiz for their child?
>> *Setting a standard - will parents of kids that don't get iPads
>> through this program feel presured to buy iPads for their children?
>> I've started typing up a document last night on Google Docs that I
>> intend to flesh out and make into a formal letter over the next few
>> days. I'd appreciate any input that people may have and I've made the
>> document publicly editable to anyone with the link so feel free to go
>> and add/edit anything you think should be in there.
>>  www.premier.wa.gov.au/Ministers/Colin-Barnett/Pages/video.aspx
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Can you print from an ipad?
Direct to the printer or do you have to go thru itunes?
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