Back in 2002, Maine was the first state starting the program that distributed Apple laptops to all 7th and 8th graders. Now, in the central Maine city of Auburn, the school board unanimously approved the plan to give their nearly 300 kindergarten students iPad 2 tablets for learning the basics such as ABCs, numbers, and music. Tom Morrill, the district’s superintendent, thought iPad as a powerful education tool which lead to “a revolution in education”.
Many questioned if kindergarten students are old enough to appreciate the efforts and expense after $200,000 is proposed to be spent on these high-tech tablets for classroom usage. Some are thrilled. Young kids have been surrounded by PC and high-tech. It would not be a surprise to see a 3-year-old surfing on the internet or playing learning games on laptop. And no doubt the technology has the ability to impact the way we teach and learn. And holding young students’ attention would help their mind practice and enhance learning experience. Beyond the new equipment called iPad, we are looking at its ability and the potential that could make a difference in education. But the worry remains if the technology would be appropriately used to enhance these young students’ computer-enhanced learning process.