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iBooks, wireless access offered to kindergarten pupils

updated 06:00 pm EST, Sun November 9, 2003

iBooks for kindergarteners

Williams Elementary School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts recently purchased a : "The iBook Wireless Mobile Lab made its first appearance at Williams on Friday morning as 19 kindergarten pupils were given laptop computers from the unit to work with...The mobile lab system also contains a wireless connection so that children can use the laptops anywhere within 150 feet of the cart. Avalle said some of the youngsters took the laptops into the school's courtyard and playground to work on them."




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    Oh noooo

    Great thing for Apple.. I can only hope they have a good warranty on each and every one of them... I donated a bunch of desktop macs years ago, and let's say the kids went thru about 2 mice a week hahah with enough supervision I suppose damage can be kept down.. but accidental droppage is gonna be a tough one to control

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    You have to be kidding

    I teach computers/technology to kindergarteners. These computers WILL get damaged. This is insane imho.
    Some school has WAY too much money to waste, OR someone in charge doesn't have a clue as to WHAT technology tools are appropriate per grade levels.

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    ...and got sand in them!

    And after recess, the iBooks were brought back inside and placed in the charging cart, and a pile of sand three-quarters of a foot high accumulated underneath.

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    Spend it on anything!

    Yes, spend the money on anything, *anything* but actual education!

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    Bullys have a new playtoy

    Teach the children what being a mac user is like at an early age...but I can just see it now.

    Bully 1: "Hehehe...Look at the dorky mac user...Let's play catch with his iBook!"
    Billy: "Hey! Give it back!"
    Bully 2: "Over here! Throw it to---"
    *CRASH!*
    Bully 1: "Oh, man...let's get out of here..."
    Teacher: "BILLY! You just destroyed school property!"
    Billy: "But I didn't do it!"
    Teacher: "No excuses! I'm taking you to the principle's office!"

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    Ski Chalets, Willaims Col

    They may have extra money to take risks with because the town has a major ski resort and Williams College bringing in a lot of income and property taxes.

    But I guess this is the cart for the entire elementary school, so don't be too hard on them. A kindergartner may not know the difference between an iBook and a IIc, but I bet the 3rd graders know.

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    What a crock!

    How about teaching the kids how to read and write before introducing them to computers! The money spent on those computers would have bought better educational tools and supplies for more interesting projects.
    And what do they mean that the kids "played" with the laptops. What kinds of software are installed? That's an expensive toy. Don't kids play hopscotch, jump rope, and handball anymore?

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    re: 1st poster

    suck it up

    they got the goods

    let them have their fun

    they're kids, and they're worth it

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    not

    they're not worth it (kids). Believe me, i was one of them.

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    Pah-leese

    First off, Williams College is in Williamstown, MA, not Pittsfield, MA. Williamstown is rich, but Pittsfield is just an average town. They have a lake where rich New Yorkers have summer homes.

    Secondly, I'm happy for the kids who got their first glimpse of anal penetration hiding in the corner of the schoolyard clicking barney links.

    I wonder if there's any correlation between teen pregancy and elementary school computer programs.

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