Maine school district to equip kinder...

Maine school district to equip kindergartners with iPad 2s

There are 14 comments on the www.examiner.com story from Apr 10, 2011, titled Maine school district to equip kindergartners with iPad 2s. In it, www.examiner.com reports that:

The Auburn School Department in Maine agrees with Apple CEO Steve Jobs: the iPad 2 is "magical." The Department (same as District in other locales) will start a pilot program in May that equips 285 kindergartners and teachers with iPad 2s, at a cost of $200,000.

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“Crude, Rude, and Lewd!”

Since: Jun 08

Sayonara Falls.

#1 Apr 10, 2011
Dang! When I was in school an apple was a piece of fruit you gave your teacher. Now they're giving kindergarteners apple products. It's a wonder we learned anything at all in school back then without having computers.

“yikes”

Since: Apr 10

school of hard knocks

#2 Apr 10, 2011
I am going to enroll. they're kinda neat.

“Pompous pontificator”

Since: Jun 08

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#3 Apr 10, 2011
Grooming future Zombies who will be physically unfit, and neurotic introverts with no social graces. This is the future of our nation and the rest of the world.

Before I could ride a a two-wheel bike I learned to ride a tricycle well. When I was in kindergarten, I learned how to wipe snot off of my nose and that it was not nice to get it on my playmates. I learned the importance of sharing, and why it's not good to poke your friends' eyes out.

I'm wondering if there are 'apps' proposed for these (important) human charistics and qualities. Just-sayin'.
uh huh

Bladenboro, NC

#4 Apr 10, 2011
Bubbletoes wrote:
Grooming future Zombies who will be physically unfit, and neurotic introverts with no social graces. This is the future of our nation and the rest of the world.
you mean like all those other times? oh wait.

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#5 Apr 10, 2011
MeanandNasty wrote:
Dang! When I was in school an apple was a piece of fruit you gave your teacher. Now they're giving kindergarteners apple products. It's a wonder we learned anything at all in school back then without having computers.
I'd wager your state wasn't facing the $100 Million budget deficit that Maine is staring at either.

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#6 Apr 10, 2011
>>>According to local TV reports, the idea was first fostered when teachers who owned iPads noticed a significant improvement in kindergartners who were exposed to iPad educational software<<<

a significant improvement in what?
certainly NOT their teaching skills!

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

South Bend, IN

#7 Apr 10, 2011
"Now, Billy... What's 2 plus 2?"

"I don't know, I think my batteries died."

Since: Apr 11

Haverfordwest, UK

#8 Apr 10, 2011
How long before companies are paying the education authorities to place adverts on these devices? Not long I assure you

Since: Aug 09

Parksley, VA

#9 Apr 10, 2011
Toilet Training. There's a crap for that.

“yikes”

Since: Apr 10

school of hard knocks

#10 Apr 10, 2011
I want one

“Pompous pontificator”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#11 Apr 10, 2011
Uh Clem wrote:
"Now, Billy... What's 2 plus 2?"
"I don't know, I think my batteries died."
I thought I was dreaming the other day when I heard that schools were going to stop teaching cursive writing! WHAT THE!!!
So, in a few years our newest tweens, pre-adults, and someday all adults, will have the choice of typing on a blackberry thingy or tablet, OR gripping a fat crayon or chalk in their fat hands and lettering on a wall or sidewalk? Am I understanding this right? I had-better buy lots of shares of Eveready.

Like in 'the Graduate'. "I have just one word for you: BATTERIES!"

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#12 Apr 10, 2011
Bubbletoes wrote:
<quoted text>
I thought I was dreaming the other day when I heard that schools were going to stop teaching cursive writing! WHAT THE!!!
So, in a few years our newest tweens, pre-adults, and someday all adults, will have the choice of typing on a blackberry thingy or tablet, OR gripping a fat crayon or chalk in their fat hands and lettering on a wall or sidewalk? Am I understanding this right? I had-better buy lots of shares of Eveready.
Like in 'the Graduate'. "I have just one word for you: BATTERIES!"
At the rate things are going and considering all the doomsday predictions ( lol ) I'd suggest flint and steel.

So in the future, documents written in cursive, found in the rubble or ruins of this civilization will need a cryptographer to understand what they say?
Kind of like the writings on the walls of pyramids and dead sea scrolls...hum.

Wonder what will be their Rosetta stone?

It has been suggested that this is simply another cycle of advanced technology on Earth. That mankind has used a form of computer in lost ages, and even space exploration.

I read some where that by following the directions in ancient texts, and recreating the "blueprint" that The Ark of the Covenant could have been a powerful electrical power source.

Interesting that; as we rush into the future , we may very well be chasing ourselves into the past....

.

“Temporary tinctumutation”

Since: Apr 10

Funk, NE

#14 Apr 10, 2011
Uh Clem wrote:
"Now, Billy... What's 2 plus 2?"
"I don't know, I think my batteries died."
­
Sally sells C-cells by the seashore
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“Up with which, I will not put”

Since: Jul 08

Sao Paulo

#15 Apr 11, 2011
Bubbletoes wrote:
<quoted text>
I thought I was dreaming the other day when I heard that schools were going to stop teaching cursive writing! WHAT THE!!!
So, in a few years our newest tweens, pre-adults, and someday all adults, will have the choice of typing on a blackberry thingy or tablet, OR gripping a fat crayon or chalk in their fat hands and lettering on a wall or sidewalk? Am I understanding this right? I had-better buy lots of shares of Eveready.
Like in 'the Graduate'. "I have just one word for you: BATTERIES!"
I hate to say it, but in a technology conference not too long ago it was stated that in a not-too-distant future, writing apparatus (a.k.a. The Pencil) will become obsolete. The introduction of a PLD (Personal Learning Device) for school children as young as 5 is a clear sign of this tectonic change to come.

But then again, our grandparents probably said the same thing about newspaper in the outhouse.

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