Schools leap aboard the Apple iPad bandwagon

“For more than 1,000 pupils the essential checklist of pens, notebook and PE kit is soon going to be joined by an iPad,” The Dartford Messenger reports.

“Longfield Academy has become the first school in the UK to provide all its pupils with iPads,” The Dartford Messenger reports. “While some schools have already given the high-tech gadgets to some of their pupils, Longfield will the first to offer them to all 1,400 students, when new academy buildings open in September.”

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North Carolina’s “Montlieu Elementary Academy of Technology just got way cooler,” Sara Gregory reports for The News & Record. “Starting this fall, every teacher and student at the school will be outfitted with their very own iPad… The school’s 480 students will use the iPads — white, with light blue covers, to match the school’s colors — in nearly all their classes.”

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Gregory reports, “The project is about more than just giving iPads to students and teachers, said Kim Scott, the school’s magnet facilitator. ‘It’s really going to transform the way our teachers teach,’ Scott said.”

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“Teachers and students in Powell schools [in Wyoming] will have the latest technology in hand this fall when each student in the middle school and the high school will be issued an iPad,” Don Amend reports for The Powell Tribune.

“The program, which also would provide three carts, each containing 30 iPads, for each of the elementary schools, was approved by the Park County School District No. 1 board on the recommendation of Superintendent Kevin Mitchell at its June meeting,” Amend reports. “In approving the program, the board authorized spending $722,000 for the purchase of 1,180 second-generation iPads, the carts, which will store and recharge the devices, and Apple Care service from Apple. Mitchell said federal funds from Title I and Title VI B will provide $197,000 toward the purchase and other federal funds may be available as well.”

Amend reports, “Superintendent of Schools Kevin Mitchell said the iPads will provide multiple benefits for students and teachers. ‘Staff and students will use the iPad to engage in teaching and learning,” Mitchell said. “Students will use the iPads to develop skills necessary for working in the 21st century. Immediate access to information on the World Wide Web will be beneficial to staff and students.'”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]

19 Comments

  1. Great news…

    One of the great blunders of Apple, while Steve was gone, was to kill HyperCard. It revolutionized the way teacher were teaching. It would be great to have that back now on the iPad.

        1. Since AppleScript shell is able to record user’s actions and system events, it might not be that difficult.

          All user has to do is to insert few plain language phrases like “if … then” and that is it.

          As I said, it is not Hypercard, but for learning and teachers it is still might be very well useful.

    1. Hypercard was before the Web became popular.

      HTML, and even more so HTML5, can do pretty much what Hypercard can do.

      The issue is whether HTML is as easy to develop with.

    2. We can all speculate on how Steve might have responded to HyperCard, the fact remains that its development began in March of 1985, months after Mr. Jobs was stripped off his duties at Apple in late 1984, and couple of months before he left the company in May 1985. HyperCard was originally released in 1987 for $49.95.

      Mr. Bill Atkinson is a genius on so many levels in my view, and my respect for him is immense. His contribution is profoundly influencing: from what we call the Mac experience to even the world wide web. People toss around the word genius to Ron Johnson, Jon Rubenstein, even Woz et. al, but to me, only Jobs may fare above the towering inspiration of a man that is Mr. Atkinson. He didn’t move over to Google to draw circles.

    1. purchase of ipads actually comes close to matching the cost of the materials it replaces (less paper, textbooks, and computers), and in some cases results in a savings. etexts can be updated less expensively than textbooks (which are often outdated by the time they are printed), which results in long-term savings too.

    1. All states receive federal money for schools. If they didn’t take the money, they wouldn’t have to comply with Federal Regulations that require them to help students with disabilities. Without that federal money, my severly disabled son would be up shit creek, because the schools would not be required to educate him.

      If obstructionist congressional republicans have their way, and block revenue, America WILL be broke, and vulnerable children will suffer the brunt of it.

  2. What is a “magnet facilitator”? Not a term familiar to this non-American.
    I’ve tried to visual one, but the imagery becomes a little weird.

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