Why the iPad?
Through extensive research, we concluded that the iPad is the best and most comprehensive device for 1:1 education at VCHS. The iPad is the clear choice for a number of reasons, which include the following:
- The iPad has a 9-hour battery life, so teachers and students can rely on its use at any point in the school day.
- The iPad is an always-on learning tool, ready for immediate use at the press of a button.
- Teachers can provide a unified set of instructions for iPad use.
- Students can collaborate in real-time.
- Teachers and students can provide basic trouble shooting for one another due to their familiarity with the device, meaning that any technical issues can be resolved easily so that all students can participate.
- The iPad is more reliable than other tablets.
- Apple has embraced the education market, providing creative solutions to meet the needs of teachers and students. Apple is the market leader for educational apps and textbooks.
- Using classroom Apple TVs, students can use AirPlay to wirelessly share their work instantaneously, and teachers can project their content for all students to see and experience.
- The Apple App Store has a stringent vetting process for apps which ensures their safety, security, and reliability.
- The successful adoption of 1:1 iPad programs by schools around the country confirms the device’s durability and usability, at the same time creating an educational community with which to collaborate.
- The iPad works with both Macs and PCs, ensuring seamless integration with whatever computers students currently use.
iPads will complement existing classroom instruction by allowing students to do the following:
- Collaborate on Internet research in class, allowing students to dig deeper into topics
- Provide real-time feedback to teachers by doing instant polls and quizzes that track how well students are learning the material
- Utilize thousands of educational apps that raise student engagement and comprehension
- Create presentations that can be pushed from the iPad to the entire classroom
- Learn how to digitally annotate and practice active reading
- Benefit from the digital organization tools on the iPad, such as access to school and personal calendars, PowerSchool and Moodle
- Learn to make high quality films with iMovie as they synthesize content and create their own learning objects and classroom projects
- Access any open source text on the Internet
- Benefit from their iPad reading material aloud, increasing reading comprehension for some students
- Record audio or video of lectures for reference at home
- Take pictures and edit them
- Learn how to create digital mindmaps and share them with the class
- Access daily announcements and news feeds directly on the iPad throughout the day
- Access resources like Google Earth and Google Art in relevant classes
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