Should Kindergarteners be given iPads?

Carol - posted on 04/14/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I saw this story yesterday about a school in Maine will be giving iPad2 touchpads to the young students to learn their ABCs and 123s. These things cost about $500 each, and the school will pay around $200,000 for this program.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2011-0...

Do you think this is money well spent on children's education, or do you think the money could be spent better elsewhere, like on hiring more teachers and improving teacher's salaries?

I'd love to hear your opinions on this one.

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Jenny - posted on 05/21/2012

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No, I think technology and electronics should be limited in young children. I believe in building up the essentials and then introducing technology. I would make an exception in special needs cases though. My kids have very limited access and I really feel it is helping learn smarter and more thoroughly. My 4 year old can identify the alphabet and the sounds each letter makes. We did it with flashcards and taught an action to go with each.

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Ditto Loureen. :)

I think books are great (and let's face it, there is no smell in the world that's better than a brand new book :D love it...), but technology is so advanced these days that it's silly to not use it.

Of course, I think that the teachers should be getting more money (or more teachers should be hired) with that money first, but who knows the conditions on the money being awarded? Maybe they got the money from some kind of program specifically for getting the kids Ipads or enhancinf technology in the classroom. A lot of times funding given to schools has many stipulations put on it as to what it can be used for. I know it can be frustrating to the parents to see an area that has need for more money but isn't getting it because of other areas, but maybe what needs to be looked at is what the money is given for, as opposed to what else can be done with it...

I really hope that made sense... it's way past my bedtime and my thoughts are a bit jumbled... I'll come back in the morning and edit it if it makes no sense. lol

Charlie - posted on 04/14/2011

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Books will never become extinct they are just another ( very valuable ) tool .

I think it should really be looked at as adding to available resources not taking away , now we have books AND technology .

Charlie - posted on 04/14/2011

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Karen am i pad isnt a toy although it can be used for games if that is what you want it for , it is an invaluable tool for education .

The boy I am about to start work with has Autism , he is 5 years old and he uses an i pad as was issued through his funding as an education tool using specialized apps for development as part of his occupational therapy , this one app has been highly successful for MANY Autistic children and is working wonders for him so why can we not use the same method for children as a simple and basic educational tool ?

Charlie - posted on 04/14/2011

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children love technology , if it gets them interested and it works then great while educating costs money BEING educated is priceless.

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MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/21/2012

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There have been studies that showed children that are "believed" to know certain things, such as their alphabet, numbers, words....etc, on an IPad, do not know them without it.



I watched a documentary that showed children that knew what letters were what, when they were voiced through the IPad game, then they were brought to a table and shown the same letters and they did NOT know them.



I truly believe in the old school way of teaching. There is absolutely no need for a young child to have an IPad or any electronic device, unless the parents don't want to take the time to teach them. Technology is a singular action. Therefore it is easy for a parent to give it to a kid and let that involve the child, while the parent does other things. IMHO, this is no different than TV. It is very important to interact and teach your child via methods that include you as the parent/teacher. Why would you want a computer to do it? It is sooo easy to memorize games or learning activities on a computer. It all becomes repetitive over time.

Annabelle - posted on 05/20/2012

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One smart board for each classroom. For the teacher it is an invaluable teaching tool. For the child it is an invaluable learning tool.

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I think it's a GREAT IDEA!!! I bought my daughter an iPad 2 when it came out...she is 3 years old and in preschool and it's a great tool for her to be able to learn her letters (which she already knew) but it also helps her to write her letters as well as her numbers...and she is learning new words with the applications that I have purchased for her..Also...It's reader as well...SO YOU CAN BUY BOOKS ON IT!!!! It's a GREAT GREAT GREAT TOOL! And it's for all ages...and learning levels...My daughter is even learning new languages on her iPad 2...Everyday she has homework to do and she does it on her iPad and it's a great tool on some of the apps that help her if she has trouble with something...My husband has one as well...So...they are always working together on her homework and playing certain games that really helps her! I can't say enough how much of a GREAT TOOL it is...It's really worth the money!!

Alexis - posted on 04/15/2011

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I agree that the teacher to child ratio is way to high and hiring more teachers would help more than an Ipad...so if the issue is that the money is not being spent wisely I agree that ipads are not neccessary, however money not being the issue then IMO ipads for kindergarten kids are just fine, as long as they are still learning to write by hand as well. Technology is something that is an integrated part of our world and our kids education includes understanding this tech. This is IMO if the extra money is there and they are also taught how to write the letters by hand as well. For example if its a private school with plenty of funds and other issues resolved like teacher to student ratio then I am ok with it.

Carolyn - posted on 04/15/2011

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Jenn H. I think there is a large difference between 1-2 people supervising 25 4 year olds and you supervising your one child .

and of course v-tech sucks compared to Ipad , but the point is you can find something built for children made to last and accomplish the same thing for a fraction of the cost :)

Sylvia - posted on 04/15/2011

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Meh. I'd rather they spent the money on staff (and staff development) and experiences for the kids -- interesting field trips, programs like Scientists in School and Prologue to the Arts. If the iPad will make a real difference as a learning for some kids, then by all means, get a few for those kids to use; or get a few for the classroom. But an iPad for every kid seems like overkill to me.

At my DD's school, the parent council's fundraising money all seems to get spent on Smartboards. Which are cool and all, but really? I can think of much more interesting things the kids could do with that much money. I'm not going to make a big stink about it or anything, because they do get a reasonable number of field trips and so on, but seriously how many Smartboards do 400 JK-8 kids need?

Jenn - posted on 04/15/2011

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V-Tech sucks compared to an iPad! My 4 year old uses my iPad no problem. She sits at the table, just as a child in school will sit at a desk, supervised. AND a school would get a bulk rate on them. With a touch screen, it does also help build fine motor skills.

Nikki - posted on 04/15/2011

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Both of my kids (oldest turns 4 in a few weeks, youngest is almost 3) both use our Ipad using some the education apps. there is a dora app that the school uses because it helps not only learn ABC's but fine motor skills.

Carolyn - posted on 04/15/2011

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christ i shudder at the though of my 4 year old breaking an Ipad at school....... Im sure as hell would not be footing the bill because someone was foolish enough to give my 4 year old an Ipad without an adult sitting right beside him the whole time he was using it.



I just wonder what is going to happen when half the things are broken and the school cant afford to replace/fix them. Im sure there are less expensive, less fragile techy equipment they could buy to accomplish the same things. Im sure V-Tech has some nifty stuff for 10 % of the cost. and if allowed, depending on the stipulations on the funding, buy a new playground... or other learning tools that dont require children staring at an LCD screen ( or what ever is, at the end of the day its a computer screen)

Jenn - posted on 04/15/2011

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If the school has the cash, then why not? My Kindergartener loves my iPad and still LOVES books. We work to find a balance between technology and traditional learning tools. It schools can do that too, then more power to them!

Toni - posted on 04/15/2011

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I really don't know. Part of me thinks the money should be spent on other avenues but the other part of me thinks how cool, at least it will make learning interesting.

Firebird - posted on 04/14/2011

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What ever happened to books? Call me old fashioned but I like books. My daughter loves books. Books, parents and teachers taught me and everyone else I know how to read and write. I bought my Autistic daughter a $15 book to help me help her. She knew her abc's and 123's by the time she was 3. Now that same book is helping her learn to write. Which is something I truly did not believe she'd be able to accomplish for at least another 2 years. (Her fine motor skills are very delayed.) I'm really going to miss books when they go extinct. =(

Karen - posted on 04/14/2011

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I think this is ridiculous. Kids can learn just fine without "toys" such as this and the money could be put to much better use.

Rosie - posted on 04/14/2011

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not to take home. if they are for school use only then i think it's cool. the other day during lucas' speech therapy (he's 3) she broke out her ipad and had him do a few things on it. he LOVED it. made him work harder at saying his words.

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