As the popularity of Apple technology soars, educators are catching on – and harnessing the younger generation’s fascination with anything technological to improve classroom learning. One district in Minnesota has now issued Ipads to all its students, and the benefits of doing so have been tremendous. Students are more engaged during lessons in class, teachers are more easily able to assess difficulties, and issuing Ipads may actually save money long-term on the cost of textbooks.
Sure, there have been problems. Students are downloading forbidden software; the Ipads are too easily broken. But schools are coming up with inventive ways of dealing with these issues. For instance, students who’ve downloaded something without permission have their Ipads wiped of all non-school related material for a period of weeks to deter them from doing so again.
It’s a fascinating new twist in the story of technology making life easier, and could radically change the way education is done. Embracing change is a common denominator of successful businesses. Why shouldn’t it be for successful school systems, too?Read More