iPad in the classroom is a winner

Every once in a while we hear statistics about how technology like the iPad is helping kids learn and how the device is moving education forward, but those are just numbers. It’s not until you see and hear students and teachers talking about using the iPad do you get an understanding of how much it’s really doing.

Apple has a profile on its education page that offers an article and a video talking the faculty and students of Burlington High School, just outside Boston, Mass. The article is great, but the video is amazing. The teachers want the best tools they can get and they recognize that text books are not the best way to go.

They even recognize that computer labs aren’t the best way to go anymore. This is a forward thinking group of teachers. The principal believes in access of all kinds, including giving the kids access to technology and even to him — he moved his desk into the lobby so he could always be available.

“Rather than simply parrot back the same things, students can engage in a discussion about why sites present information differently, and come to their own understanding,” said Todd Whitten, history teacher, Burlington High School. “In my view, that’s actual learning, and iPad makes that more possible.”

Technology can help our kids expand their thinking. Educators, like the group at Burlington High School, are going to be a big help moving that forward.

  • Hazy

    Excellent. Thanks.

  • dr.no

    When American kids are at the bottom of OECD measurements while all the socialist countries are on top, give the same ipad to Finland and see if their score improve where the kids are highly motivated already don’t need extra toys to learn. I don’t care about district level statistical anomaly.

    ipad is not going to get rid of all the district level supervisors/bureaucracy sucking up all the dollars. When is initial euphoria wears off the same people will bad mouth the ipad.

    Technology failed to improve the test score in 80s, 90s, 00s. Now ipad is great tool but it is not a panacea.

    • lucascott

      Tech in those periods wasnt used well. It was basically those computer labs and that’s it. Teachers weren’t really asking how the tech could be used well and doing it. Many of them were ignoring it

  • Check out EducatePad for iPad in the App Store now – great for teachers of all levels! https://itunes.apple.com/es/app/educatepad/id481496233?l=en&mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

  • lucascott

    Interesting. but Flitch Green is still my fav