YES! Says... Amir Yazdanpanah
Occupation: Founder and CEO, Makers Builders, a technology education company
“iPads, when used effectively in the classroom, can provide students with rich learning experiences that allow them to dig deep into a subject and understand it beyond the memorisation of facts. Two key factors that determine success are educational content and apps that promote deeper thinking and the integration of educational apps into interactive learning experiences. When these criteria come together, digital assets can promote critical thinking, problem solving, persistence and collaboration in a way that children intuitively relate to.”
no! Says... Rachel Hamilton
Occupation: Author and former teacher
“I’m not a complete cyber-saurus. I’m all for technology in education if it’s more effective than the non-techy alternative. But I’m not convinced classrooms full of iPads are the way forward. I confess, this is partly because I hate the thought of handwriting becoming a dying art. I love the way we all have our own writing style that makes our work uniquely ours. While I have faith in kids’ ability to do wonderful things with iPads, I’m not convinced all those things will actually be educational and beneficial.