Over the past few days the Neary iPad Pilot controversy has continued to develop. So here’s a brief update.
This weekend, Neary’s Facebook posted a video defending the use of iPads as an important teaching tool.
A related post quotes John Dewey, “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” The post indicates that the video shares some of the ways the iPad is used in the classroom. The theme is “If we teach today as we taught yesterday . . . ”
To view the video, click here.
Meanwhile, Fiona Maguire-O’Shea has continued to organize parents in opposition to the proposed parent funding of the pilot. She has created an online petition.
Signers support the following statement:
Parents should not be burdened the cost of $550-$700 per child—an expensive…”school supply”. This project invites singling out/isolating children who cannot afford it. Although stated they can borrow the school’s iPads for the day, we believe it can create a social stigma when a child doesn’t own one as evident on school bus rides, in the hallways, etc. If the school wants to take on this project, the school should fund it or fundraise for it.
Maguire-O’Shea’s letter ends with:
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a vote against some sort of in-school iPad project to be funded by the school. That is something we are open to exploring.
Click here to read (or sign) the petition.
Update: (10/8/13 8:47 am) A reader pointed out my typo, which said that the video shows how “Facebook is used in the classroom”. That was meant to be “iPads are used in the classroom”. Sorry for confusing the issue!