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The school that gives kids their own iPads


A private school in Scotland has given sleek new iPads to every single one of its pupils to use in class this year and to even take home, Forbes reports. It’s the brainchild of Fraser Speirs, the IT director of Cedars School of Excellence in Greenock, who wanted to solve the problem of the school’s computer lab, which had 12 desktops and 12 laptops, constantly being overbooked. First, he thought of giving everyone iPod Touches, but that wouldn’t have allowed them to do serious work like writing essays. Then the iPad was launched, and it now takes care of 99 percent of the work the students need to do. Wrapped in a smart carry case, the students carry their iPads with them into math class, science, and art—and the teachers download the appropriate apps that allow the kids to draw on the touch screen, look at graphs, or go online. As far as Speirs knows, no other school in the U.K., much less the world, is deploying iPads to all its students in this way…

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