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iPads...What's the big deal?

Some Stats

KSDE statistics indicate that about 75% of the schools in Kansas are already using iPads to some degree and many are 1:1 or about to move that direction.


A research study, conducted in Auburn, Maine showed that Kindergartner students using iPads scored much higher on literacy tests than students that didn’t use the device.

According to Pearson Foundation’s survey More than six in ten college students and high school seniors agree that tablets help students to study more efficiently (66% and 64%) and help students to perform better in classes (64% and 63%).

In a study done by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in California showed that students using iPads saw their math test scores increase 20% in one year compared to students using traditional textbooks.



iPads are very education-friendly. Have you seen the iBooks? Not only do they feature text books but they include interactive books and textbooks as well. It's much more engaging than looking at a block of text! Bonus, eTextbooks don't cost over $14.99. Much cheaper than the $100 biology book!


Since so many schools are going eTextbook, many believe that we're entering an age were the hardback textbooks will be obsolete. Not only is the price of eTextbooks appealing to schools, but the idea of only needing one device for all your textbooks is equally appealing to both schools and its students.


With the pre-installed and free apps available out there, you can do so many different projects. Instead of using a PowerPoint presentation, why not make a movie trailer with photos and video your students shot themselves? That's what you can do with iMovie.


Not to mention you can download oodles of free educational games from the app store.

iPads are user friendly so they're appropriate for all students. And compared to an average desktop computer, they're cheaper. Almost anything you can do on a computer, you can do on an iPad. Not only does it have its own Word Processing app called Pages, you can also use Google Drive as an online basic Microsoft Office Suite that includes programs similar to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Still not sure? Here's 18 benefits to the iPad in schools:


Resource Links

How to Use Ipads in the Classroom

How to Use iPads in the Classroom

10 Reasons to Use the iPad in the Classrom

Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, Listening Centers

iPads for Special Needs Students

Rebecca School Presents: iPad Workshop: Apps for Special Needs Students