Do we reeeeally need all that stuff? February 27, 2010Posted by IaninSheffield in Inspiration, Management, Resources, Tools.
Tags: equipment, iPod Touch, lessons, reducing costs, Resources
In a given school year, how much ‘stuff’ does a student need to support their learning? I’m thinking about books (both for writing and reading), equipment they find in their pencil cases, resources used in lessons (equipment used in Science, Music, Art, Geography etc etc), AV equipment and so on.
Well here’s a list, which I certainly wouldn’t claim to be exhaustive, together with some notional costs, taking into account that they wouldn’t necessarily need sole acess to all the items:
Grand total – about £300 . . . or twice the cost of an iPod Touch!
Each of the items listed in the above table could be replaced by the device itself, or an App, a free App at that. Now I couldn’t claim my knowledge of Apps is that extensive, so I’m sure you could think of other things which could be replaced (perhaps you might make any suggestions in a comment to this post). We might also be able to find App alternatives for some of the full applications running on the PC? And let’s not forget all the other free ebooks that an eReader App would provide access to. It might even be worth . . . dare I say it? . . . buying a few Apps if needed.
So even if we took the computer out of the above list, the Touch would pay for itself in the first year. Surely that’s a ‘no-brainer’ then?
Post Post: Wouldn’t normally update a post, but become aware of another couple of apps which could replace physical devices and just had to include them. There are a few apps which allow you to use the Touch as a remote input device (mouse, keyboard) or better yet, gyromouse or slate – these devices retail at approaching £100, so that’s quite a saving. The real corker though is an app (iResponse) which turns theTouch into a response device (‘clicker’) . . . which means another £30 saved. In other words, replacing the items in the list now buys us 3x Touchs!