5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads

EdTechTeacher has a great post on their blog about some of the most common pitfalls that schools face in their iPad implementations. Author Tom Daccord gives an excellent synopsis of what he sees as the 5 most critical. You can read his article here.

What do you think? Is he right? Did he leave anything out? How are we doing in these areas? Give your thoughts in the comments section!


3 comments on “5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads

  1. Although I like the article, I disagree with some points they make, multi-users being one of them. We have a small set at our school and we (as teachers) can reserve times for when we would like to use them in the classes. A lot of times kids work with them in small groups or they are used as a stop in stations (math or writing).

    Our kids actually work really well with them because their engagement levels immediately increase when they get to work with something like this. I also don’t think there can be assigned rules for what does and does not work because every school/class is different.

    The biggest point that I agree with is that it needs to be a tool for teachers which they continually learn from and utilize. I can’t stand seeing and iPad go to waste just because a teacher says “they don’t have time”. That is a waste of money and resources but it happens too often.

    • I agree (for the most part) with your assessment of the article. While iPads are not the easiest to deploy in a multi-user setting, it is certainly not impossible (and can be done well).

      The point about iPads being a tool is the most crucial one for me. It is a tool… and a transformational tool at that. When used well, the classroom should look completely different!

      Thanks for the comments!

      • A few days ago I actually forwarded this article to a teacher I work with because she has been slowly integrating it into her classroom because I really wanted her to see how everyone that uses/implements it does so differently. Plus everyone has varying opinions and it’s good to know about them even if we don’t agree with them (but getting people to listen to and/or acknowledge opinions they don’t like is a completely different subject).


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