Despite my initial disbelief it really does appear that every child from P6 upwards in my LA will have access to a "free" i-pad soon in what I fear must be one of their most ill-conceived ideas, even from the masters of ill-conceived ideas. Admittedly I have had little information on how this is to work in practice but already there are some concerns in relation to the implementation of this initiative. My first concern is that we have been told that smartboards are to be removed our from classrooms when the transition to i-pad technology starts. It seems only yesterday that smartboards were the future for education and white boards started to be removed from classrooms. In reality I feel that the smartboard, with its interactive facility was a wonderful addition to the tools of a teacher. I have downloaded and saved many youtube videos and used them very successfully with classes. The fact that I can store these videos means that i don't need to rely on frequently slow internet connections. My SEN students can approach the board and interact in a more concrete way with many well- designed internet resources. My second concern is that for students with fine motor skill difficulties an i-pad is not the most accessible of devices ( understatement). We sometimes have needed to use enlarged keyboards and switch devices and have had no information about how these can be used with i-pads. Anyway, I am here to ask if anyone is in the same position regarding i-pads and if they have any more insight than I do regarding how this will all pan out? Could be that some of you know more than me.