Friday, September 24, 2010

Kids Are Getting Smarter

I think we're going to look back in 5 or 10 years and realize the biggest story that we were missing these days is how much faster kids are getting smarter because of the open flow of information and new devices like the iPad. I loved this article that Alex Bain linked to about an iPad Pilot Program run in some schools. Check out the anecdotal evidence below.

"What we're reaching in some classes is the transformation stage. We're seeing the iPad completely change the way that certain subjects are taught. Our best example so far is Art. I will write and share more about what we're doing in Art over time but it's fair to say that it is already far beyond anything I expected in the first year, let alone the first month.
At this point, all I can give you are some practical anecdotes which, I hope, will give you a flavour of the change.
  • I picked up a ream of printer paper yesterday. It had dust on top of it.
  • Primary 2 pupils have now memorised their passwords. That's not something that happens when they get 40 minutes a week on computers.
  • Last week, we couldn't get the Primary 3 pupils to stop doing maths and go for lunch.
  • My daughter April asked me if I could install the educational apps from school on my iPad so she could use them at home.
  • We're seeing a reduction in the amount of homework forgotten or not done.
  • "Forgetting your folder" for a subject is now a thing of the past."