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Are schools making the same mistakes with iPads as we did with Microsoft products 10 years ago?
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A good read. I was introduced to SAMR recently and I agree it is a good model to consider what might go on in the classroom/school. Can't say enough about the 'Shiny shiny syndrome'. Has been a mantra of mine for years yet so many are blinded by it all and re-make the mistakes of the past. Well done. 
We make our own realities, Simon ;-)
Interesting. So I get what you're saying in that, post-Becta we haven't got a mechanism to get well-researched, trusted advice to schools.

One of the problems is the way we fund schools, but another is the bandwagon jumping and the fetishisation of shiny shiny technology. I think we can solve the advice but I have no idea how to cure people of the shiny disease. ;-)
Hi Jeremy, thanks for your reply. :-)

I'd humbly suggest, knowing someone working at Abu Dhabi Men's college who's heading up a 1:1 initiative, and through my father's experiences in the region working there with the SSAT that the situation in the Emirates is rather different from the UK.

I'm not going to go into my experiences as Director of e-Learning of a nine-site 3-19 age Academy, but I'm very aware of the infrastructure side of things.

What makes me sad, and you're not the only person to attack my 'idealism' is that all over the world so-called 'pragmatic' decisions are being made more for the benefit of management and IT than they are for teachers and students.

I'm going to make a prediction. That prediction is that those institutions who are buying wholesale into one particular ecosystem (usually iOS with iPads) are merely putting off that multi-device difficulty for a few years. Part of the problem is that, by then, the original decision-makers will have moved on and won't have to deal with the consequences.

So I'm not going to apologise for being guided by values and principles. I'd be doing exactly the same if I were back as Director of e-Learning. :-)
Jeremy, there's a difference between seeking to support and seeking to control. There are too many instances of problems which users could sort out for themselves if only TPTB hadn't locked things down as part of a standardized service. Even our own Secretary of State for Education, bless him, seemed to prefer a BYOD approach to the IT service provided by his Department: @1'12"
I'm with Jeremy on this in that in principle I agree with many of your principles - but in reality 1:1 whether that is iPad or otherwise is currently a better solution to effectively embed the use of technology to support teaching and learning.

In 3-5 years, if all the fabulous apps and programs we use now migrate purely online then it shouldn't matter what devices everyone uses, but for the short-medium term that's simply not a solution, certainly not one that 75% of teachers in schools would consider using.
Ah, context is everything. Leaving it there. :-)
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