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Secondary School Gives 1,200 Pupils A Free Ipad 2 At A Cost Of £500,000

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2045896/Christmas-comes-early-1-200-pupils-given-free-iPad-2s-secondary-spends-500-000.html

A secondary school is facing questions after it handed out iPad 2s to each of its 1,200 students at a cost of almost £500,000.

Honywood Community Science School in Coggeshall, Colchester in Essex is believed to be the first school to make such a significant investment in the technology - at a cost of about £400 per iPad.

However, campaigners from the TaxPayers' Alliance want to know how the school, which was granted academy status in May, funded the move.

I wonder how many will be working in 12 months time? Having seen how many electronic gadgets my eldest has bought himself and broke by dropping them I can't see the school getting many of these back in working condition.

Still nice of the school to give the pupils instant access at home to redtube.....

I do hope the school has got a big discount on the retail price for such a big order.

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ipad is only good for surfing.. to do any real work requires a proper keyboard, quite why they didn't buy them all a Dell laptop is beyond me.

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There was an IT contract on Jobserve back in Aug for an education establishment looking to implement 1,200 ipads within a month - yes, a MONTH!

I recall they had a list of IT kit listed and clearly wished them all to work together. I remember looking at it and thinking "None of that stuff will work together" - think they wanted to access various MS and legacy systems via a Citrix client on ipads. Yes, it would of a sorts but would kind of negate the positives of having an ipad IMPO.

But someone went and did it. I must overcome my professionalism of telling people why things are not a good idea and just go and do whatever nonsense they want.

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Talk about marketing! As others said if this was a pc would they just chuck it in the bin? They can do what they like but implies they may have a lot of cash within the business!

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Gotta love that private sector efficiency!

Except, of course, that they aren't private sector. Academies are funded by the taxpayer.

The official line is

The principle of academies' funding is that academies should receive the same level of per-pupil funding as they would receive from the local authority (LA) as a maintained school. They also receive funding to meet their additional responsibilities that are no longer provided for them by the LA.

The Government is clear that becoming an academy should not bring about a financial advantage or disadvantage to a school. However, academies have greater freedom over how they use their budgets, alongside the other freedoms that they enjoy.

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/academies/b0061399/academy-funding

They can, of course, also get extra money in the form of sponsorship from individuals and organisations with their own agendas money to spare.

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Can't really see what all the fuss is about to be honest.

In my kids junior school all kids from 10 upwards were given laptops and proper schoolbags with padded laptop compartments, and that was about two years ago.

They use them in school and for homework projects. Great idea.

Admittedly they're not IPads but they do run Ubuntu linux instead of Windows, so that's a good thing.

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Are they useful for doing maths on?

Just think of what they can do with that empty library space now!

Is there a market for school related apps?

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Except, of course, that they aren't private sector. Academies are funded by the taxpayer.

The official line is

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/academies/b0061399/academy-funding

They can, of course, also get extra money in the form of sponsorship from individuals and organisations with their own agendas money to spare.

Technically no they're not, but they have more of the freedom of a private sector company compared to a government/LA controlled school. Freedom enough to spunk money on a thousand iPads,at least.

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Technically no they're not, but they have more of the freedom of a private sector company compared to a government/LA controlled school. Freedom enough to spunk money on a thousand iPads,at least.

Freedom to spunk taxpayers' money on iPads, which, I suppose, is why the Taxpayers Alliance took an interest.

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Maybe the people that bought them got a few free back handers...who knows, only guessing...I wonder how many get left on the bus?.....everybody will be wanting to go to that school now. :huh:

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To be fair, I imagine the headteacher's idea was to make learning "cool".

I love the reason various people gave for not splashing this all over the media - the pupils's safety.

I suppose some of Colchester's crims might have the nous to get the Observer's Book of School Uniforms, spot some Honywood pupils and mug 'em. Always provided, of course, that they've remembered to pack their iPads.

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I suppose you could argue that buying books several hundred years ago might have been regarded as an indulgence and a frippery. However why an ipad? It's a browser and has entertaining apps. Not a great fan of the BBC and other mainstream broadcaster, but sometime I wonder whether just listening to Radio 4 all day, or for half of it, might provide better education than surfing an ipad.

Books are rather useful. A kindle at a tenth of the price might have been a more sensible option. Most children have a laptop anyway.

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seems fair to me - ipad is a superb technical piece of kit

TMT's point that it might be a critical IT management issue is another point, but the hardware decision on its own seems fine

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seems fair to me - ipad is a superb technical piece of kit

TMT's point that it might be a critical IT management issue is another point, but the hardware decision on its own seems fine

The ipad is a just a computer which is very limited and very overpriced. There's no way it would be helpful for school work.

I personally have a note-pad, 100 page edition:

On a serious note, £500,000 could have paid for a pretty decent library

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nope

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Functional? What function would it offer school children that wouldn't be better served by a device that has a keyboard and doesn't need to be held in one hand whilst used with the other?

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At first this seems a strange decision to me. My first reaction is to agree that it seems expensive and wasteful.

But its quite possible that there is specialist teaching materials being developed for the iPad. There is also some evidence that kids learn more effectively from iPad based materials.

There could be an advantage in the touch screen and the way gestures relate the touching and the brain.

On the other hand, maybe it will be another way to encourage the idea that kids can't learn unless they are 'entertained', with the feedback loop that kids become more and more addicted to external stimulation and less able to generate an interesting mental life if their own.

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At first this seems a strange decision to me. My first reaction is to agree that it seems expensive and wasteful.

But its quite possible that there is specialist teaching materials being developed for the iPad. There is also some evidence that kids learn more effectively from iPad based materials.

There could be an advantage in the touch screen and the way gestures relate the touching and the brain.

On the other hand, maybe it will be another way to encourage the idea that kids can't learn unless they are 'entertained', with the feedback loop that kids become more and more addicted to external stimulation and less able to generate an interesting mental life if their own.

But are there not any number of alternative devices offering similar "touch" functionality for half the price? ...And possibly with a keyboard.

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This worries me more than anger me, kids will lose the ability to write properly.

Whats wrong with a pen and some paper? Or are we turning away from that direction.

I say this because most writing software such as MS Word auto correct spellings and grammar for you - this will make kids a bit lazy and brainless automatons, now with a laptop or an iPad you don't need to think about your spelling and grammar.

Edit: Happy now bitch?

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...most writing software such as MS Word auto correct spellings and grammer for you - this will make kids a bit lazy and brainless automatons, now with a laptop or an iPad you don't need to think about your spelling and grammer.

:lol:

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They've been pushing "free" stuff computers and gadgets in schools for years and years now. I imagine it's helped profits for the gadget companies and the politicians director pals.

Obviously all that free stuff hasn't helped the traded sector as that's still on its knees like for so many decades. So UK kids can work the gadgets but so can 10 times as many Chinese kids etc. Where's the advantage except perhaps say as red tape bureaucrats and debt cascaders while the government and the likes of the CBI (Confederation of British Industrys - yeah reneged on the name towards Housing Industrys :lol::lol: ) just want to support the housing market at basically unaffordable levels.

As for the QEeasy Bankrupt of England with Sir Mervyn Spendthrift and the Knights of the Casino Table - well I ask you.

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