Education Should Step Away from Apple Devices | Anthony Carabache

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More on why I hate my iPad, AND why using them in schools is a bad idea:

Education Should Step Away from Apple Devices | Anthony Carabache.

3 Reasons to Stay Away from iPads in the Classroom

Now don’t get me wrong, I am an Apple guy through and through. My house is mired in the Apple ecosystem and we love every single bit of it- despite the maladies of the latest update. But this article is certainly not about an individual consumer purchasing Apple products, which I think is the root cause of why Apple fails in the classroom- especially if it is a shared device. To get straight to the point: if you cannot purchase iOS devices for each student – don’t bother. Here’s why:

1. “Get Your Head Out of Your Apps” – Apple’s Favourite Line is a Quiet Lie

There once was a time that I highly recommended the iPad as an excellent device for integrating technology into the classroom but no longer is this the case. After examining iPad implementation across the province, country and abroad over the last six years I have come to determine that it is simply not designed for shared use in education. This contradicts the very idea of what it means to collaborate – a 21st century skill we can all agree upon. It would seem that Apple’s philosophy when it comes to education is share less buy more.

2. Privacy (How confidently can you answer the questions below?)

If you really want to understand what I’m getting at when it comes to privacy (and I’m not talking about the countless teachers using their personal devices to ‘document’ student learning) see if you can answer the following questions with confidence:

  1. What is the deletion procedure for pictures stored locally on iOS devices in your school, board or region?
  2. Who is responsible for deleting pictures of students or student work?
  3. What are the criteria for using 3rd party apps to house your students’ photos or work? Are they local or international? Who owns the 3rd party? Are they for profit? Do they give to charity? Do they lobby for education? Do they run criminal background checks on their employees? What is their policy for sharing data with other 3rd party marketers?
  4. Surely you must be aware that when iCloud is turned on, photos taken can be uploaded to iCloud on PhotoStream – so who deletes those pictures? Did you know that they can remain ‘deleted’ for up to 30 days? Yet another delete has to be performed before they are permanently deleted. (Does Apple run criminal background checks on their employees?) Remember what happened to Jennifer Lawrence? A tad dramatic I know – but it happened.

3. Management Software is Half-Baked at Best

The management of multiple iPads becomes a nightmarish experience when you learn that Apple itself does not produce a manager for multiple iPads. In fact when you meet with Apple they suggest the purchasing of a third party software to manage the devices such as MDM or Airwatch, both of which have been on the market for less than 2 years and both of which have to play catch up to each and every iOS update. In fact, I have witnessed school district technicians put finger to glass on thousands of devices because of an iOS update that no longer communicates with the 3rd party manager such as AirWatch. 

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