Apple's iPad makes its Way into Elementary Classrooms and Beyond
December 14, 2011 7:14 AM
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Teachers use iPad to augment or replace textbooks
The times are changing in schools around the country. Years ago everything was textbooks and worksheets to get the learning accomplished in school. Today technology is making way into the schools around the country making learning more interactive for kids and more fun. One of the things that is starting to go away is the textbooks that have traditionally been used in the U.S. in favor of tablets.
The specific tablet is the iPad from Apple. The iPad in some school districts is being used either to replace the textbook completely or to augment the normal textbooks with more interactive and exciting content. Many districts have found that the iPad is very good for special needs students since the touch interface is so simple for kids and students with disabilities to use.
Kids are also very tech savvy and generally pick up tablets and other technology quickly in the classroom. A third-grade classroom in Millstone, NJ is using the iPad and according to the teacher of the room, Jennifer Kohn, the kids needed no training to be able to use apps. Most kids are growing up using touch interface devices and can use them without any instruction.
In Kohn's classroom, the kids used netbooks before getting the iPads. The PCs were difficult to use for the students according to the teacher and ran slow and got slower over time. She said, "The iPad’s one-button interface makes a big difference when working with kids. It's better for most things."
Some of the apps that the kids use in her classroom include Math Bingo to help the kids learn math, and they also use the tablet for creative writing and to interact with storybooks. Another school in
spent $200,000 on iPads for kindergarten students. Many college students are also turning to the iPad for their textbooks since they can get the books in one lightweight device rather than carrying an entire bag of expensive and heavy books.
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RE: 14 + 7 = 14
12/19/2011 1:11:00 PM
That's Congressional level math right there. I'll explain how it works.
If you take fourteen billion dollars and raise taxes by seven billion, the net effect to our Government's coffers is only seven billion. But wait, that makes no sense... like most things in Government. How?
Well, it is simple, really. Per the insatiable hole conundrum, any monies added to the budget are instantly absorbed thus creating a further deficit. As such, congressional mathematicians are expected to, via space-time distortion, absorb such financial physics into the bottom line creating an invisible differential that will be, per the common citizens frame of reference, undetectible by normal means. In other words, they are entangled and any attempt to disturb the budget will lead to a wave function collapse, thus, more taxes to fill the void (a void that from our perspective doesn't exist).
So, as you see, fourteen plus seven really does equal fourteen when we look at it. Do not attempt to rationalize it, do not attempt any reason at it. If you do, they will find you and hunt you down. Expenditures? No, the only expendable here is your citizenship. ;)
Translation: Don't feed the cat, it will only want more.
RE: 14 + 7 = 14
12/24/2011 6:49:36 AM
Come on... it's an iDevice... that's like expecting an iPhone to be able to make and receive calls.
But in an iWorld, 14+7 does indeed equal 14. There's just some really obscure mathematics you aren't taking into account.. It's an indie thing -- you just wouldn't understand.
RE: 14 + 7 = 14
1/4/2012 2:09:45 PM
This deserves a 6 more than anything ever.
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