technological accessibility in the in low socio-economic homes, but the lack of accessibility for the technology for all the students in the classroom.
Teachers have seemed to adopt a religious cult following for the iPad and everything Apple. The problem with this love for the iPad is that it becomes very expensive to outfit a whole classroom at $400 a pop. That makes an average sized classroom of 25 students costing $10,000 to supply each student with this technology. Most schools cannot take on that financial burden to outfit an entire class, so what do they do? Buy a few, maybe share those few sparingly among several classrooms in the school. Giving the students a small taste of what powerful engagement feels like with technology and then not make it readily available to everybody. What I don't understand is, if we are trying to strive for 100% engagement, why fall in love with the technology that costs the most and makes it more difficult to get into the hands of the students. For the price of 1 iPad, a school could purchase 3 Galaxy Tabs, Blackberry Playbooks, or other affordable tablets. These tablets are capable to handle the apps available on the iPad (and many of them already do).
I have no issues with what the iPad is, I just feel that the money could be better spent to work towards that goal of 100% engagement for the students. The unfortunate part is, I believe that many teachers have been caught up in the sexy iPad name and will continue to pour money into purchasing those instead of getting more technology into the