GovBytes: Kindergarteners to get iPads for School Use

There is little doubt that new technology is helping make some adults more productive — while killing the productivity of others. But could teaching children to use technology such as iPads starting as young as Kindergarten help them
develop into productive tech users, or will it create a life of technology addiction?

An elementary school in Auburn, Maine was recently given permission to give Kindergarteners iPads starting in fall. The decision will come at a price of $200,000, and wasn’t popular all around. In fact, former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch criticized the decision, saying she hopes the children break their iPads because they should be playing instead.

Should Kindergarteners Use iPads in the Classroom?

However, some say worries that children will break and lose the devices are unfounded. education consultant and former educator Bernajean Porter had this to say:

“We are not finding that that disaster fantasy is actually playing out in real life, including being in socioeconomic neighborhoods in which those devices might be taken from kids,”

Will encouraging tech use from the cradle benefit society?

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