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iPads, Droid Tablets, Kindles & Nooks

iPads, Droid Tablets, Kindles & Nooks

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I'm curious as to whether or not any of your districts/schools are using these devices and, if so, how? Are they strictly being used like mobile computer labs, or are students allowed to take them home? Does your AUP reflect the implementation of these devices and, if so, how? Any and all input is greatly appreciated!

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Julia Hendricks's picture

You need to have filters placed on any devices that go can do that with the Ipads/Ipods (Child Internet Protection Act). You can also install Kindle or Nook apps on the Ipads. The problem with letting them go home? The cost. Think back a couple of hundred years ago when someone first loaned a precious library book...or book (books at one time were only given to the very rich--royalty).

I'm coming up with an application for my school and have a committee to approve who gets to take home the devices over the summer. We're going to look at discipline, lost library books, lost textbooks and whether the parents will sign the form. I also believe we (schools) should be talking to insurance companies....

I do believe Ipads are a great investment!

Dennis Duarte's picture

Does anyone have any experience using tablets for their administrative team? I was thinking about getting tablets so that our admins have easier access to school/student data. They're a lot easier to carry around and access. Even more so than laptops or netbooks.

Ms. Z's picture

We use laptops in a lab for PK-4 through 4th for instruction and classroom use, iPads PK-3 through 1st for classroom Centers, 5 Laptop Carts for grades 2-8, Classroom set of Nooks for grade 5 (students can take them home to read assignments). There is also a Lab for grades 5-8. Only problem is teachers want more time with devices.

Julie Harding's picture
Julie Harding
High School English Teacher from New Jersey, studying to be an administrato

Hi all,

I have written a grant for the purchase of ~30 Nooks for my high school English classroom. Thanks to our very supportive Education Foundation, the grant was approved!

My reasons to purchasing the Nooks are
(1) students may be more willing to read if presented with technology;
(2) the Nooks allow readers to alter the font size for readability (think special needs students);
(3) long-term cost reduction: titles are cheaper (public domain titles are free) and there are no problems with pagination, rebinds, etc;
(4) the Nook allows me to upload research for my students to read.

For my purposes, Nooks are better than iPads because I don't want students on the Internet with them (less cheating, more reading!). Kindles were not an option because Amazon does not deal with purchase orders. In addition, Barnes & Noble offered us a phenomenal price of $100 per Nook if we buy more than 25.

I am planning to allow students to bring them home. We are electronically tagging each device, and students will be signing a contract holding them responsible for loss or damage.

We were almost done with the deal about 2 weeks ago, when we realized that we are unable to shut off the Wi-Fi access on the devices. Thus, if a student takes it to Dunkin Donuts and hooks into their Wi-Fi, they have access to an unfiltered Internet on a school-owned device. For us, that is a liability, so the brakes are on the grant until we can resolve this either by applying a filter to the devices (which is expensive) or by Barnes and Noble figuring out a way to lock the device in "airplane mode" (no wi-fi).

I have put a lot of time and effort into this grant, and I am still hopeful that it will come to fruition. My B&N rep told me that she has 2 other schools who have them, and do not let them go home. She has also shared with me her opinion that the Nook people are not quite ready for schools yet (they haven't caught up to our needs), but that they are getting more and more inquiries everyday. I truly believe that this is the way to go!


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Rebecca Alber
Edutopia Consulting Editor

Hi Julie,

I'm hopeful for you as well! I am guessing when kids are online at your school site there is a filter. Perhaps one option to consider is not locking or removing Wi-Fi access on the Nooks, but rather having each student sign a conduct contract regarding linking to the Internet off-school site?

School2Home is an organization that is providing 1:1 education (each student having a laptop to use at school and use it at home). You may consider contacting them and inquiring how they manage students accessing the Internet off site. Currently, they have placed laptops in the hands of nearly every student at two California public schools, both located in low-income communities.

Good luck! : )

Rebecca Alber

Eric Sheninger's picture
Eric Sheninger
Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education

[quote]Does anyone have any experience using tablets for their administrative team? I was thinking about getting tablets so that our admins have easier access to school/student data. They're a lot easier to carry around and access. Even more so than laptops or netbooks.[/quote]

My entire administrative team has an iPad for the primary use of conducting classroom walk-throughs. We use a program by Teachscape
The program is very reasonably priced and can also be used on a Blackberry to collect data.

Diane Lauer's picture

We began implementing 5 iPad per class pilots in classrooms across various grade levels. This gave lots of teachers a chance to see them in action. Many schools are using their own budget to purchase. We used the data as a district to fund our social studies adoption. We didn't buy textbooks this time- we bought 15 iPads for each 6th and 7th grade class. We went with a 2:1 instead of 1:1 - primarily because of funding - but also because we wanted to increase collaboration. We trained each teacher to manage his/her 15. Each class now has a laptop for syncing, an LCD projector, a doc cam, 2 iTouches, and wireless access. We also purchaed 50 iPads form our preschools and another 50 for our students with significant disabilities. Both of these are being supported by special educators using the tools for increased accessibility. About 50% of our administrators use iPads at their buildings.

Lou Lichtl's picture
Lou Lichtl
Principal, Thousand Oaks High School

Question. Purchase req issue aside, would you consider the Kindle?

Matthew's picture
Technology Education Twin Cities MN

Our school is in the middle of trying to upgrade to Ipads and Ipod mobile labs as well. As a high school teacher, almost all of my students have a cell phone at school. So instead of fighting it, I will use various web base surveys. I can create the survey ahead of time, and in class the students will text a number, and we are able to get instant feedback on the screen from that class. There are programs that will do the same thing if your school has "Clickers" But this is a fun way for the students, and it Does not cost your school any money.

Martin Brumit's picture
Martin Brumit
Assistant Principal Denton Ryan High School

Our district is buying all Administrators and I Pad this year so that we can use them in the appraisal process, and they are easier to carry around than the cheap laptops they had in the past. I am excited to see the other ares that these can assist me in my role as a campus leader.

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