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Is your iPad horror app free? You know, safe for educational use only? Not featuring any personally owned apps?
By our nature, we…often say we are doing something for one reason, when deep inside we know the real reason is one that may not be acceptable to our institution. (Read the Source)
You cannot get the most out of an iPad without letting the student own it, and harness their personal accounts, tastes and media for some creative learning. Putting it in a lab…takes away from the iPad’s principle boon: it helps us move further away from the office metaphor of learning and into new, personalised, anytime anywhere learning metaphors.
Update: Doug Johnson points out it may not be ethical to make school devices “one’s own.” Then, why would I want to do anything but the bare minimum with them? Far better to have a permissive policy that encourages people to acquire their own devices and bring them to school, work, etc.
The iPad was designed to be made into your own. Why should I subvert it’s design?
While we can set up a variety of profiles for different “classes” of users – administrators, elementary teachers, librarians, special education teachers, etc. – with its own set of software, users will NOT be able to download any personal software, music or other media to these devices from personal accounts.
What this means is that if an educator hopes to play a game of Angry Birds or listen to a little Metallica during prep time, it ain’t gonna happen. Unless the curriculum director tells us that Angry Birds or “Ride the Lightening” is approved instructional support material. Granted, a good deal of personal use of iPads can be made via a web browser. It will be interesting to see if Netflix, Pandora or Kindle apps – that can access personal media – can be justified for educational use.
We are working at an architectural inflection point. The signals are all around us – cloud, big data, mobility, smart computing, etc. While each of these appears to be only modestly connected, I think together they signify a major shift in how business gets done and the architecture that supports it. If true, this means the tried and true ‘Business-Data-Applications-Technology’ model architected and delivered by central IT will not serve us much longer…The operating model realized from the new architecture will first diminish then extinguish centralized IT.
System users may not connect non-District purchased technology equipment to the Electronic Communications System. Personal laptops are permitted for use by all staff and students. These personal laptops should only be connected to the District’s public wireless network called DISTRICT WiFi.
All users with personal wireless devices being used for instruction or other District business must use the District provided wireless network which is filtered according to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements.
Personal wireless laptops are never to be plugged into the wired network. They are only authorized for wireless connectivity on DISTRICT WiFi.
District mobile devices are never to be connected to non-District wireless services providers while on District property (e.g., MiFi, wireless cards, data cards, etc.)
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