iPad Programs Could Lead to a Bright Future for Schools

Hani Morgan

Abstract


Although many teachers across the U.S. are creating motivating projects requiring the use of the iPad to improve student learning, using this device to promote academic improvement is only one of the reasons this technological resource can be beneficial. When instructors use iPads effectively, they save print cost, promote motivation, and develop 21st century skills. The iPad’s touchscreen can also be particularly helpful for implementing technology with elementary students who tend to be hands-on learners. While many educators are raving about the progress various districts are making with this tool, critics argue that too much money is being spent, which should be invested on more important areas in K-12 education than technology. This article discusses how various school districts are using iPads to promote learning and motivation and mentions some concerns educators have about the skyrocketing use of this resource in K-12 settings.

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