In Knoxville, Tennessee, the Webb School requires their students to own or lease (from the school) an iPad (Children in the photo are not a Webb School Student). The students will have most of their textbooks downloaded on the iPad. Well, at least it alleviates those book filled back-breaking back packs. Seriously, the requirement is to be expected in this technology driven culture.
I know people today who still hold the attitude that the Internet connected computer in the home is frivolous. I remember a co-worker who thought so too, until she realized, she could avoid escorting her daughter on trips to the library in the deep cold January and February evenings to complete homework and contributions to school group assignments by getting that same information at home on an Internet connected computer.
In a previous post, I blogged about my love for the Internet. I took 2 online colleges courses dealing with the Internet and early (html) website design before there was an Internet connected computer in my household in 1997-98 . I spent evenings and weekends at Temple University in their computer labs completing assignments and loved every bit of it. I remember when a local university, Drexel U. started requiring students to have a personal PC with Internet connection to take a class. Today, a laptop is a good thing to carry around with you in college.
I finally had computer with Internet at home when my sister who I lived with (and still do) bought a new computer packaged with AOL Internet connection back around 1999. She wanted her then preschool age twin daughters to be tech savvy. I still remember my late father marveling over one of my nieces at 5 years old maneuvering the computer mouse as she brought up a young children’s website. You may not think this is a big deal, but my elderly mother whose computer savvy was late 1980s word processing currently marvels at my youngest grammar school niece taking pictures from her cell phones and uploading them on to the Internet.
I am all for technology driven schools. If I were a public school student today, I would desire to be in a technology centered charter school whether online or at a brick and mortar school. Of course, parental preference would be for the latter. This iPad technology at the Webb School is the tech wave crest of school instruction and student application.