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Ten keys to a successful school iPad program

If you’re using iPads, utilize their unique assets. Look for ways to take advantage of their mobility, built-in camera, microphone, video, and so on.

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. If we are to develop our students’ sense of curiosity, we must be mindful to carve out time to allow our students to inquire and explore.”—Albert Einstein

It seems that every school is considering purchasing iPads these days, and Apple has reported that iPad sales to schools are currently outpacing MacBook sales by a very large margin. However, the rush to purchase iPads often precedes the careful planning and preparation that are so crucial to their success as educational tools.

It’s important for educators to understand that technology alone—no matter how full of potential it may be—is not the answer. Instead, iPads need to be integrated into the 21st-century classroom using a holistic approach. Teachers and administrators should identify the skills and abilities young people will need to succeed in our rapidly changing world and use technology to help students acquire them.

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  1. bard

    April 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    As the author says, “the real benefit comes from viewing IPads as tools that can be used as part of the learning process”. Look for interactive content that engages students to build Core skills. Ensure it is web browser based, so it can be used on any available device in class and for homework.

  2. SweetXOGrannie

    May 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    “There’s no login, and the ability to secure and control them is minimal.” No log in to what? This is very confusing. Any secure network will require a log in and iPads are not automatically given open access AFAIK. Please explain what you mean here.

  3. SweetXOGrannie

    May 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    “There’s no login, and the ability to secure and control them is minimal.” No log in to what? This is very confusing. Any secure network will require a login and iPads are not automatically given open access AFAIK. Please explain what you mean here.