By Mark Davis, Keypoint Intelligence, March 22, 2022
At the start of 2020, a school located in Sydney, Australia, did the unthinkable. Bucking the global trend, Reddham House School banned the use of iPads for learning. Students and teachers at the school used the devices for the past five years, accessing e-books and digital educational resources instead of using the printed equivalent. Among parents, the move was divisive. Some were very pleased; others were horrified at what seemed to be a backward step. But, among those to whom it mattered (students and teachers), the move was met with joy. The major factor for their removal came from a lack of supporting students’ technological skills and the distraction they posed when messages and alerts popped up on screen.