I know that I’ve already expressed this view in my BYOL vs BYOD post, but here are two more reasons why I think laptops are the better way to go… I find that I’m using my iPad more and more, but for consuming information, not creating it. Reason (1) comes from a student, while reason (2) is a strictly personal experience.
(1) We were at the Calgary Science School and two Grade 7’s, Kristen and Julie, were our tour guides for day one of the Connect Ed Canada Conference. This year was the pilot year for Grade 7’s to have iPads instead of laptops, (CSS is a Grade 4 to 9, one-to-one Macbook school). I asked Kristen what she thought of moving from a laptop to an iPad and although I can’t quote her word-for-word, this is what she said:
‘I like the convenience of the iPad, it’s really easy to carry and take with you wherever you go, but it’s sort of limiting in what you can do. You have more options with a laptop. I think it would be a great introduction device for the Grade 4’s to teach them responsibility and how to take care of their devices, but once they got that, then for the later grades we should all have laptops.’
(2) I read a great blog post on my iPad not too long ago. I decided to add a comment. In the comment, I wanted to quote an online pdf and then link to it. I spent 10 minutes writing the comment, bouncing between Safari tabs, and trying to copy the right text and paste it into my comment. Then when I went to copy the link to the pdf, I went back to the tab with my comment only to have it refresh on me… wiping out my comment. That wouldn’t have happened on a laptop and I would have been done the comment in about 5 minutes.
Love my iPad. I hope many students bring them as secondary devices when we open the Inquiry Hub in September. But, I’m really happy that we are going to be a Bring Your Own Laptop school, where we encourage and invite the use of other tools as well.
Took the keyboard Shift/Control photo with my iPhone, used a $1.99 app to crop, filter and play with with the contrast of the image… and then wrote this post on my laptop.