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Interesting blog! It's nice

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Interesting blog! It's nice to see so many students took care of the iPads. I also liked the idea of requiring every parent and student to attend a meeting before the iPads were handed out. I do wonder if this is a Title 1 school or not.

parent of a child in the fifth grade

You're right. This is not the

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You're right. This is not the correct forum for bringing up potential health issues and objections. I heard about this only a few days ago when my daughter brought the 1:1 paper home, and I'm still in shock. This was the first website I came upon. I thank you for your patience with me.

parent of a child in the fifth grade

Well, I see that the writing

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Well, I see that the writing is on the wall (or in this case, the pad). The kids in our district will soon be looking down to screens rather than up to teachers. However, no one has answered my basic question about health: What are the long-range health effects of hours and hours touching these devices? One man posted a video on YouTube showing that when his iPad accessed the Internet, it emitted radiation that was 38,000 times background radiation. Multiply that by 20 kids in a classroom, and I challenge anyone to say that this is healthy. That man's study had flaws, but the first thing I'm going to do is measure my own daughter's iPad for radiation. I think any parent would be a fool not to be informed about this issue. Her teacher won't be there twenty years from now when the health consequences will be better known.

parent of a child in the fifth grade

Thanks for your quick reply!

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Thanks for your quick reply! I actually just found a video of young kids (6-7 year olds) wearing headphones while each interacted with their own personal iPad screen, seemingly oblivious of one another and the rest of the world. At one point, a teacher walked around showing a real flower to each kid, presumably to supplement the flower app. I guess I'm old fashioned, but it reminded me of Saul in SOYLENT GREEN introducing Thorne to a real apple (no pun intended). I also looked up the SAR rating of these devices--about the same as the worst cell phones, depending on which article you read. I wouldn't have a cell phone in my house with a SAR rating that high, but you're suggesting that kids spend from 30-100 minutes per day making physical contact with these devices? I know they aren't put up next to the head, but 100 minutes of radiation exposure is a lot for a developing child. I think the only answer is homeschooling next year.

ID - Seattle, WA

Hi Julia's mom, You are

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Hi Julia's mom,

You are asking all the right questions! Unfortunately, each school/district involved in a 1-to-1 program is making the decision for reasons specific to that community, learning needs, and teaching objectives.

Your questions fall into 3 broad categories:

  1. Curriculum-specific: what will device use LOOK like on a daily basis, teacher role, student responsibility, etc.
  2. Pedagogy/philosophy-specific: why this device, why 1-to-1, goals of the program, etc.
  3. Social/health/environmental impacts: how does increased screen-time affect development, how is the device perceived, dependency on electronics, etc.

I'd be happy to talk specifics, but can only speak to the implementation outlined in the above article.

The iPad is a tool, and should be used as such when appropriate. The user is in control, not the device. My students engage the device 30-100 minutes per day in a variety of capacities. We share this range with parents and ask that they consider it when setting screen-time limits as a family.

For some relevant studies on the impact of technology on our society and child development, take a look at the papers linked from this article titled, The 5 best digital identity resources.

parent of a child in the fifth grade

No one talks about specifics!

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My daughter's school just announced that iPads are now going to be a regular part of the fifth grade curriculum and that kids would be using them frequently throughout the day. I have read and read about this l:l program, but no one goes into the specifics! What's going to happen in the classroom? When the kids are learning math, will the teacher say, "Now turn to your iPad..." Or when it's time to write, will my daughter have to hit keys on the screen rather than pick up a pen? Will she be reading on a screen rather than opening a book? Will she be completing her homework on a screen rather than a piece of paper? What will be the role of the teacher--if any? Perhaps this is just a prelude to firing all the human beings and just having kids walk around with their iPads. Maybe our taxes would go down? The thing that impresses me is the awe with which people write about this over-hyped device, how we have to attend a meeting during which we will learn the proper behavior and respect needed when in the presence of the iPad. Is this some sacred religious object that's about to be coming home? Is it an icon rather than an iPad? And has anybody studied the health effects of yet another electronic device on the developing brain? I watch in horror as kindergartners pull out their cell phones on their way home. Has anybody studied the amount of radiation that the kids will be exposed to as they take their sacred iPads from class to class? Would someone who has had actual experience with this program give me some specifics of what's in store in the classroom?

8th grade World Geography teacher from Las Vegas, NV

I am very impressed with the

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I am very impressed with the "phasing in" implementation strategy used with your iPad deployment. We are a 1:1 school this year and had no type of phasing. The students received their iPads and the teachers were expected to start using them. It's been an exciting but stressful transition. I especially feel for some of the teachers who are not tech all stars. Having the iPads is wonderful but I do envy the organization and thought that went into your iPad roll out.

I am new to a school with

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I am new to a school with iPads and I'm excited to try them out with my students. I love the advice in this article. It can really help technology specialists see how to create buy-in with the new devices.

ILT Coordinator and Support Teacher

Enterprise Link

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Great link, thanks.

ID - Seattle, WA

Managing devices

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As our students are under 13, we chose to tie all devices to the same iTunes account and use the Volume Purchase Program to stay in compliance. The School managed all updates and we backed up data every month.

That said, there are many models for administration. At a recent event I learned of a comparison chart for MDM solutions - take a look at Enterprise iOS for more info.

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