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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The education committee in the Knesset order the hold of Tablet BYOD project

This does not mean the end of WIFI in schools in ISRAEL, but it is a big step forward.

Links - http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/1.663764
Today (30/06/2015) the Education committee in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) ordered the hold of Tablet BYOD project.
The order was given in the end of a single hour discussion regarding the deployment of wireless tablet PC, that should be bought by the parents, also known as the "Bring Your Own Device" Tablets project.
The order was given mainly because the BYOD project contradicts to the Israeli law and regulation. According to the law and regulations, in order to ask parents to buy equipment under the "payment out of free will" the school have to get 100% approval from the parents and not 70% as the ministry of education require for the BYOD project.
In addition the cost is defined to be under NIS250(~$70), while tablets cost more than NIS1000 (~$250).
The committee also discussed other aspects of the projects like the inequality between kids (those who have new shiny-top brand tablet, those who have a old or cheap one and those who get a PC/tablet from the school), the economical burden on the parents, the education problems, health problems(from the RF radiation, not as main subject), more screen time, losing social skills, losing learning skills and more.

Again, this is not the end of WIFI in Israeli schools. WIFI will continue to work in most schools it was deployed in, but at least with less traffic. The ministry of education is expected to try to push forward the use of tablets or wireless laptops in schools.

In the picture - The parents from Hod HaSharon that lead the fight against the BYOD project


In the picture - the Press release of the committee 


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