The way kids learn is changing, and the tools they need while in school is changing right with it. Those changes have led to a pilot program at Chishom Middle School, where a group of students is testing the use of iPads in the classroom.
“They are eager,” said principal Vicki Adamé. “We’re trying to take the way things are done traditionally and to get to how kids do things daily — and how they learn.”
For some, that means rather than scribbling notes furiously on paper, they take a photo of a math equation or the teachers notes at the end of class.
For others it means rather than typing a book report, speak it into the iPad and have it transcribe what’s there.
Made by Apple, it is a tablet computer featuring a touch screen. The first iPad was released in April 2010.
The iPad comes with some applications, like a calendar, web browser, video software and other basic applications.
There are a host of applications available online — and that’s where the classroom usage comes in. Those apps can be used in the classroom curriculum.
“I’ve been finding quite a few free apps,” said Rita Betts, technology specialist at the school. “Teachers are waiting to find applications they can use in their individual teaching area.”