Wondering about those iPads

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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?

Kevin Shalla

Oak Park


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former D97 parent  

Posted: September 24th, 2013 9:44 PM

Hopefully the e-books have improved. The one that was supposed to be used in my child's class was mostly a series of links to webpages - most of which were sponsored by commercial entities or organizations representing various industries. Regardless of the materials - hard copy or electronic - the questions of how they will be used and what outcomes are expected should be asked - every day!

iPad Whiz Kid from Oak Park  

Posted: September 10th, 2013 1:24 PM

I like iPads because there is no real keyboard, so instead of typing up papers, I get to watch Youtube videos and play games instead. I also like the colorful pictures.

Jeanine Pedersen from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: September 10th, 2013 9:19 AM

I would like to remind readers that the D97 Board of Education meeting is this evening (9/10) at 7:00. Public comment is a great place to make your opinions known!

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: September 4th, 2013 1:53 PM

One of the reasons iPads will be used is to track students' classwork while not in school, such as homework. This is all related to the incredibly intrusive requirements set up to satisfy the Common Core regulations. Would anyone from D97 like to explain what personal information is required to be collected to meet Common Core? This was part of the late 2K's stimulus package in order to get states to buy into the stimulus. To get funds they had approve Common Core. I urge all of you to Google CC

Franz H.  

Posted: September 4th, 2013 1:11 PM

The e-text books are extremely interactive. Maps, graphs, processes come alive using the iPad. Also, editorial changes can be made via update. Having 400K copies of an out of date text book is very wasteful. Lastly, we should the the cost of books come down due to the easy of distribution and editing...

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