I see that District 97 is planning on rolling out iPads to every student. While that may be a good idea, without a defined purpose for the iPads, how do we know if a major expenditure on disposable technology (they probably have a lifetime of about five years) will be worth the expense? What is the plan for their use?
One purpose could be to replace the heft of the textbooks students tote around in their backpacks every day, though I'm not sure I would want youngsters carrying around a highly theft-prone $500 device in their backpacks or stored in their school lockers.
District 97: What is the pedagogic value of iPads and what exactly will they be used for?
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