We recently had an open meeting at my son’s elementary school with our county’s superintendent… and many of the 4th and 5th graders wanted to know when each of the students would have their own iPads.
I don’t think the kids even thought about the iPads (or any tablet, for that matter) taking the place of their teachers. They were thinking of the iPads replacing their text books. So they wouldn’t have to pack around heavy backpacks anymore.
When I saw this infographic that was my first thought…. that our kids never even thought of tablets replacing their teachers. But now I wonder.
Honestly, I wonder about schools in general. At least public schools. I know personally many families that homeschool or do co-ops (which we will be doing with our son once he is finished with elementary school). Add in modern day technology — well, who knows.
I sometimes wonder if the biggest reason most families send their children to school is for babysitting purposes. In many families both parents work, so they can’t homeschool.
What do you think? Can iPads and other tablets take the place of teachers?