I’m interested in the iSchool concept developed by highschooler Travis Allen (now a college student and founder of the non-profit organization iSchool Initative.) Below is the YouTube video that launched Allen’s idea:
While I don’t subscribe to everything Allen espouses, I think he’s definitely onto something when it comes to digital learning. My munchkin’s generation will see a day when iPads, e-readers and similar technology will replace traditional notepads and textbooks all together.
Teachers and schools embracing opportunities to incorporate interactive technology in the classroom are giving their students an advantage versus shools with more traditional educational approaches. And students who learn and absorb technology at an early age will not only learn to embrace technology, they’ll also become more fluid learners and less resistant to change than kids who are limited to the physical world of paper and pencils.
What you think about the iSchool Initiative. Do you think this is where schools are heading? Do you feel strongly either way about Apple’s role in the development of these platforms and apps? How long will it be before you, as a parent, buy your kid their own iPhone or iPad for educational (vs. entertainment) purposes?