The Los Angeles Unified School District is in the process of distributing iPads to each of its 650,000 students this year, at a cost of $1 billion.
Sherri Hope Culver, assistant professor of media studies and production and director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy, warns that the technology alone isn’t going to assist in the education of the students.
“Using an iPad just to say you’re using an iPad won’t help students. But using an iPad to open the door to new methods of individualized instruction and student expression is an exciting development in education,” she told the Christian Science Monitor in an Aug. 28 article. “Integrating media literacy education into all classrooms is critical. But technology in the classroom should always be in the service of learning.”