Virginia using iPads to teach social studies

He also said he believes the state potentially could save money by moving to an all-digital curriculum.

“The jury’s still out on the cost savings that going digital versus all paper provides, considering maintenance, support, replacements, and infrastructure—but I do know that our country spends billions on remediation for students, and if this digital curriculum allows for students to succeed the first time through, then that will undoubtedly provide cost savings,” he said.

Pearson says the schools will determine how to use the curriculum, but the social studies courses cover an entire semester and the iPad apps will be used every day.

“There’s never just one solution for learning,” said Cohen, “but anything that can personalize each and every question for a student is a game changer.”


Pearson’s Social Studies Apps

Virginia Department of Education

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