A school which spent a fortune “upgrading” its teachers from their laptops to Apple iPads and TVs has admitted it made a big mistake falling for the hype.
At first, staff, who knew nothing about technology, were thrilled at the prospect and jumped at the chance of exchanging their laptop for an iPad.
Now they are finding that the whole thing was a little hasty and there is a black cloud hanging over the staff room which has not been seen since they banned smoking there.
Staff quickly noticed that all the old documents and resources created in software such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint didn’t work anymore because Apple did not think they were worthy of its Walled Garden of Delights.
This has meant many hours of wasted time trying to operate Microsoft Word using a remote app that dumps you out of the connection.
Since Apple will not allow you to connect USB memory sticks, the iPads are full of data in seconds. Some staff are now experimenting with Dropbox to get documents on their tablets, which raises inevitable questions about data security.
The headmaster was clearly an Apple fanboy because he also supplied teachers with Apple TVs to allow them to project their iPad display in the classroom.
No one appeared to tell him that a simple £25 Apple VGA connector would have been a far cheaper and more efficient means of achieving that goal.
Staff are struggling to get the Apple TV to output a full-size image. The technology which most dismiss as useless refused to acknowledge fonts which had not been blessed by Apple, so staff are having to borrow old laptops to run their lessons and assemblies.
The situation is proof that Apple fanboys should never be allowed control of IT decisions or the technology budget.
The case also pours cold water on those who say that Apple tablets are perfect for business.