While this video is somewhat biased, it does present a somewhat confronting new proposition for those whom design computer labs and such for schools. One of the monumental fails of “netbook” and “tablet” adoption (in my view) has been the compromise of screen size, at a time where everywhere else in consumer electronics, large screens are now cheap. The netbooks, despite all their [claimed] power and software have tiny screens.
So here we have a phone, acting for all the world like a ‘computer’. What if the czars of policy pulled their head out the sand and accepted a new reality. We could buy good quality screens and allow kids to plug in their phones and use them using the kind of software they’ll find and use anyway. After all, it’s about the work right? no the app or the eLearning guru’s ‘specialist’ skill in bringing them to teacher attention.
I suspect if kids just plug their phones into screens we might radically change the eLearning hierarchy and realise that curating apps and suggesting other people use them isn’t a job at all – thus finding plenty of money to install decent screens in classrooms and libraries.