We have seen it happen too often. Too many schools are selecting a device for their students based mostly on either the ease of management by the tech lead or the one-time purchase price or both.
We don’t believe that ease of management or one-time cost are the right prime criteria for selecting a device in schools, especially if your goal shifts from ensuring that every child has access to a device to ensuring that every child has quality learning experiences.
But should those criteria be?
We have started asking Maine’s educators this question: What is an adequate learning device?
We concede that criteria should include that the solution is:
- easily managed
- functional for state (online) testing
- capable of word-processing, presenting, and online researching
But none of these get to the question of what is a “learning device”!
What else should a learning device be able to do? What services or supports should come with it? What kinds of apps or peripherals would it need? What features and capabilities would the device have?
Help us answer these questions! Please post your thoughts in the Comments.