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Long live the laptop

"I dropped my iPad 3" by Blake Patterson on Flickr

The article, “Too cool for school: 7 reasons why tablets should NOT be used in education,” argues that schools should stop wasting their money purchasing iPads for the classroom. I couldn’t agree more. Don’t get me wrong: I love reading news and watching videos on my tablet (a Google Nexus 7, thank you), but there is no chance of it being my go-to device to actually create something other than an email or a page of notes. The article discusses the inherent awkwardness of using a touchscreen to type and the challenge of producing creative content when the screen is so small. Throw in that they are expensive to repair and largely “teacher unfriendly,” and you have a clear argument for the purchase of a classroom set of laptops, rather than these admittedly sexy silver slabs. Schools need to get off the iPad bandwagon and realize that tablets were meant for media consumption rather than media creation.

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