The Emperor’s New Clothes: Parent funded iPads in Education – stop the madness! #UKEdChat

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“Books, will be obsolete in schools… our school system will be completely changed in ten years.” How often have we heard statements like this in education or “CPD” events? I am pleased to say that I have yet to hear this phrase in my new context, but in previous schools, this level of technological hyperbole seemed to be rife.

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It might be interesting to note then, that this is not a comment on the arrival of 1:1 iPads for education, nor even of the advent of the internet in schools. No, this quote comes from the inventor Thomas Edison in 1913. The educational development he was referring to? That it would be “…possible to teach all human knowledge with the motion picture.”  Why then was Edison so enthusiastic about the possibilities of the motion picture in education? Probably because he had just developed his own projection hardware, the Kinetoscope! Edison’s Kinetoscope was set…

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