Five ways readers are using iPads in the classroom

4. For digital literacy.

A reader identified as “drthomasho” noted how every one of the 270 students at the Master’s Academy in Oviedo, Fla., will receive a school-issued iPad next school year.

The Christian school is paying for the iPads, because school officials hope to teach students to “engage the digital world productively,” said Mitchell Salerno, the high school’s principal, in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. School officials hope to give students the skills expected of them both in college and in the workplace.

The iPads will not replace all textbooks, but they will allow students to do much of their school work online, reduce reliance on paper, and give teenagers access to resources not available in class.

“Kids have grown up their whole lives with computers, but they need to be taught how to harness the technology for education,” Salerno said.

It’s important to note that before making the iPad decision, Salerno visited a private school in California that had purchased iPads for all its students to learn how the devices might improve education. The staff then spent a year working on the project.

eSchool News Staff

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