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These 8 schools have A+ mobile device programs—here’s why

Apple devices, like the iPad, paired with management (MDM) solutions, can unlock what's possible in the classroom.

Technology continues to raise the bar of what is possible in education. As more schools discover the power and benefits of education technology, mobile devices such as Chromebooks, Macs and iPads in the classroom are becoming commonplace.

Here are eight innovative, real-world examples of schools that are using mobile devices along with a mobile device management (MDM) solution to unlock what’s possible in the classroom:

1. School District of La Crosse: Providing Student Equity for All & Managing a Massive Student iPad Handout

Dedicated to providing “student equity,” La Crosse staff members across every department volunteered to donate 10 percent of their budget for the year so all students and faculty could receive an Apple device to help drive personalized learning. The district’s iPad program has helped close the tech gap between kids who had access to technology at home and kids who did not. The result has been delivery of consistent educational experiences, giving kids equal access in the classroom and at home.

2. Ridley School District: 1-to-1 iPad Program

Ridley School District has implemented a 1:1 iPad program to help students learn and better prepare for college. As part of the program, the iPad is leveraged to help track how students are progressing with reading and other skills. With the help of a personalized learning solution, eSPark, Ridley sends students on reading and learning ‘quests’. This involves pushing appropriate educational apps directly to student devices and automatically deploying a new set of curated learning apps upon completion of a quest. Students are able to learn at their own pace, as well as progress with the tools they need.

3. Montclair Kimberley Academy: Teaching with AirPlay via Apple TVs

Montclair Kimberley Academy provides an innovative education that combines excellence in teaching, creativity in curriculum, and a highly personal, technology-enriched environment.

The academy has been recognized for its unique implementation of technology in its 1:1 laptop learning initiative for grades 4–12, and its use of iPad for grades Pre-K–3. Classrooms are equipped with Apple TVs, allowing students to project and share their creative work from an iPad to the rest of the class on a larger screen. The result is students being able to more easily learn from each other.

4. Hopkins Public Schools: Using a Flipped Classroom Teaching Model

Students take learning into their own hands with access to a digital learning environment at Hopkins Public Schools. iPads are also a critical component to the success of the district’s “flipped” classrooms in high school.

In the flipped classroom model, students watch lectures at home, take a short quiz on it, and then complete homework at school. Teachers access quiz results to know before their next class how well each student understands the concepts they’re teaching. From there, teachers can customize their class, based on how well the students understand the lesson, ensuring they are able to address areas needed.

(Next page: 4 more schools with A+ mobile devices and programs)

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