Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Managing the Unmanageable iPad: IT Deserves Praise, Not Criticism, for Trying to Make Tablets Work in the Education Enterprise

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Managing the Unmanageable iPad: IT Deserves Praise, Not Criticism, for Trying to Make Tablets Work in the Education Enterprise

Article excerpt

MANAGING iPads and other tablets in a school setting has turned out to be an A-list topic, not only for T.H.E. Journal readers, but also for readers of our sister publication, Campus Technology, which focuses on higher education.

When I wrote the editorial, "Note to Tablet Companies: Education Is an Enterprise," in the October 2012 issue of T.H.E. Journal--in which t exhorted Apple to work with educators to make the iPad enterprise-friendly--my mail was overwhelmingly from grateful but frazzled IT directors struggling to make a consumer device work with district technology systems.

Meanwhile, back at Campus Technology, we recently ran a story called "IT Does Not [love] iPads" and received an outpouring of mail from educators who basically said, "IT just likes Windows. They are so inflexible. They should stop complaining and support the technology that instructors want to use."

To my mind, that's not a fair criticism. It's hard to support a technology that's not designed to be networked, save student work, or be shared with others. IT is doing the best it can with a difficult situation. They're just asking for a little more support from Apple, which has been half-hearted (at best) in its response. …

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