There seems to have been tons of comment and commentary from our announcement that we plan to give kindergarten students iPads next fall. I wrote a little about it in my latest post (about it being a waste of money), and I intend to post soon about some of the misconceptions about the project.
But I need to step away from educator mode for just a minute and share my initial response (read “vent”!).
First off, WOW! I can’t believe the number of responses (and, yes, I’m responding mostly to the negative responses) expressing strong opinions with very little to no background information. They just see “iPads for kindergarteners” and go off.
I have to admit that this is quite frustrating to me. There is almost no demonstration of Stephen Covey’s “seek first to understand” and I’m amazed at the assumptions people seem to be making.
It is hard to see that people assume we are doing this because of the gadget (which we aren’t), or because “we can” (which we aren’t), instead of because we’ve had success working with students this way (which we have).
It is also frustrating to realize that so many people assume our early childhood literacy specialists don’t understand developmentally appropriate use of learning aids, rather than ask the question, “Wow, if they’re doing this, they must have some interesting results and experiences; I wonder what those are?”
So, thanks for the chance to vent, and I’ll get back to reflecting on our exciting early childhood initiative and sharing information and resources.
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