iPads alone won’t transform classroom learning

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is currently implementing one of the most ambitious education initiatives of our time: a phased, one-to-one laptop and tablet deployment to 100,000 students. Miami-Dade Schools has studied the hard lessons learned by several districts that have tried similar undertakings. Last September, the Los Angeles Unified School District distributed iPads to 25,000 of its 650,000 students; by November, many of the devices were being pulled from classrooms. The digital curriculum proved unready, teachers were not fully prepared and students hacked through security. “Education of the future” had devolved into a high-profile train wreck.

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