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I think the idea behind

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I think the idea behind giving every student an ipad is a good idea, but when you take a closer look that is where you see the flaws in the idea. Students can use ipads at school and know the teacher will be keeping an eye on what they are doing, when students take them home there may be many parents who do not have time or the want to check on the their child when they are using a school issued ipad. This is one more thing a parent will have to monitor and ensure students are using properly under their supervision.

Living in a small rural community where most of the students come from low-socioeconomic status homes I expect parents to not monitor their children very well. This may lead to many of the problems stated in the article. I also could see issues with internet connectivity, many parents have internet for their phones, but not in their home. They do not own a computer just a smartphone. This would create issues in many places if there wasn't research conducted before ipads were sent home.

If anyone doubts the truth of

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If anyone doubts the truth of this post, please visit my blog to see the story of a parent who reached out to me with concerns about her son's use of his school issued iPad at home. The comments generated by the post are also very insightful and share many good ideas.

http://edtechsandyk.blogspot.com/2012/10/parent-concerns-in-11-ipad-init...

Another good resource in this area is Eanes ISD in Austin, Texas, which has made intentional efforts to include parent education in their 1:1 iPad initiative.

http://whs.eanesisd.net/wifi/wifiparents

http://new.livestream.com/EanesISD/events/1708840

http://new.livestream.com/EanesISD/events/1965041

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Our district recently

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Our district recently announced we will be a 1:1 district for students in grades 5-12. Our fifth and sixth graders will be 1:1 with iPads and students in grades 7-12 will have MacBooks. Students will be signing out a device for the entire year and will be allowed to take them home. Although our technology department is doing a lot to provide parents with information and answers to their questions, I recognize parents still have many valid concerns. I am a parent of a sixth grader who will be receiving one of the iPads, so I understand the fears of putting such a device in the hands of a child. It is our district plan to train teachers, parents, and students on utilizing technology appropriately and to its fullest potential. As other districts and states move to a 1:1 technology ratio, we will all learn and grow, with the hope that we are developing 21st century learners, preparing our students for college and careers.

Special Education Teacher, Texas

My 7th grade daughter was

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My 7th grade daughter was issued a school laptop without my knowledge and that caused some problems. We had to define clear rules about the laptop. After finding out that she was using the laptop to get on Facebook and Skype throughout the night we only allowed her to use the device in clear sight of an adult. The laptop was issued to provide tutoring in the area of math using Skype with her teacher at certain times each day. As an educator I understood the purpose and appreciated the extra help that my child was given but at the same time I wish someone would have informed my family of how things were going to work before issuing the laptop so that we could have been more prepared.

3rd Grade Teacher from Wellsville, Ohio

I too am very skeptical about

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I too am very skeptical about sending the Ipads home to families. I think before any piece of technology is sent home we need to get parents on the same page. A relationship needs to be formed between the family and teacher. this relationship does not exsist at my school. Teachers have set up breakfasts, dinners and family nights with only a handul of parents attending. My school is having real issues getting parents involved. I am concerned other schools are as well and sending home a peice of technology will not help matters.

Distance Education Specialist

Honestly, I think classes

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Honestly, I think classes early on should teach children how to code, not just use the ipad. If we had more people that knew how to code, we would take technology to even higher levels. People don't learn how to code until they're out of school, that's the problem.

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