iPads are great for education, and they’re only going to become more prevalent in the K-12 world. So it’s probably a good time to warn teachers that if you’ve got some “personal” pictures, you shouldn’t auto-sync your iDevice. Failing that, you could always suspend your kids for snooping through your tablet. That’s exactly what happened at Highland Middle School, in Anderson, Indiana. Apparently, three students were playing a game on the teacher’s iPad, and a few accidental button presses led to the teacher’s bare torso available for impressionable eyes to see. The craziest thing is that the disciplinary action fell primarily on the students: all three were suspended. According to one of the little ragamuffins:
It’s not our fault that she had the photo on there. We couldn’t do anything not to look at it, if it just popped up when he pressed the button. It was her fault that she had the photo on there. Her iPhone synched to it. She had to have pressed something to make all of her photos sync on there.
Likely story, but I don’t buy it. It’s not like middle schoolers these days don’t know how to work a touchscreen–they’ve probably got iTouches and iPhones of their own. Also, anybody who has used an iPad knows the “button” only goes to the homescreen–so unless the teacher was using a topless picture of herself as wallpaper, these kids had to go snooping. Out of whatever educational app, and in to iPhoto. Sure, they could’ve used gestures, but that’s not a “button.”
According to the county Assistant Superintendent, the “technology use policy was followed.” She also said that “action has been taken against the teacher,” but also that the nosy kids suspensions wouldn’t be changed.