Re: Classic Big Bang
I'm genuinely surprised to see so many tech-savvy and tech-loving people take such a ludditian stance on tablets in schools.
First, computers have been in schools for a decade now, and many kids learn how to use them starting at age 2. The shift to tablets is more like evolution than revolution.
Second, a tablet is no better than a book in a classroom with an uninspired teacher. It's just the medium, not the message.
Third, if we're worried about what kids might find on the Internet, how about teaching the kids right from wrong? We can't always be around to act as mind police in their lives. (And see the first item...kids are alread online.)
Fourth, EVERY kid should get a tablet at government expense and be able to access the same curricula at government expense. It's far cheaper than providing text books. Having rich kids buy their own when poor kids can't would be the quickest way to widen the digital gap in our society. Conversely, providing equal footing is the quickest way to opportunity for all.
Finally, if tablets cause the minds of children to wonder and explore, isn't that wonderful? With guidance from a teacher, I can think of no better goal for our schools.