North Davis Junior High students spend the school day with iPads

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    March 19, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    Taking selfies and playing games. Before the ipad we could at least call that distracted learning and daydreaming and the caveat it cost a heckuva lot of money...

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    March 18, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    My grandson's school issued an i-pad to each jr. high and high school student. He is in a charter school.
    They cannot access any apps that were not pre-loaded by the teacher. So, no selfies or you-tube.
    It is working well so far!

  • empathic heart West Jordan, UT
    March 18, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    I had an opportunity to visit one of the Salt Lake Valley's 1:1 technology initiative schools a little while ago. While I saw some effective teaching and use of the iPads and Chrome Books, AND I saw some poor teaching and… you guessed it, lots of selfies, you tube and messing around.

    Tech can be a fantastic tool to enhance learning, when used properly. As educators we have the opportunity to teach students to use the tech as tools, and that requires well trained and supported professional teachers employing the best instructional techniques. Technology is an important supplement to, but by no means replacement for quality instruction!

    I think small initiatives give districts the chance to figure out what works and what doesn't with 1:1 tech usage, and they are best qualified to determine how to bring the programs to larger scale. I think it's an exciting and valuable process that is sometimes overwhelming to teachers and school staff, and sometimes a lot of fun.

    I think it's worth the effort.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    March 17, 2014 8:42 p.m.

    Millions of dollars for selfies.