Florida school scrapping textbooks and rolling out iPads to its students

Lake Minneola High School has adopted the iPad as its future learning device of choice. When students return next month they will have access to a shiny new iPad for school time and home use. Lake Minneola will be the first public school in Central Florida to buy Apples iconic tablet for all of its students.

"Students learn differently now because of the technology," said Kathy Halbig, innovative learning manager for the Lake school district who is overseeing the project. "Students are used to having multiple sources and being able to have more social collaboration in their learning process rather than just doing it sitting quietly and reading." "Rather than have a child have five tools on his or her desk they've got one tool that will function as the textbook, the Slate, the Internet access, note taker, calendar," she said.

The school has invested around $700,000 buying up 1750 iPads for its students. Teachers are already planning lessons using the iPad as the focal point complete with selected educational apps. The school believes that it will save them money in the long term.

The iPads will be locked down to prevent students installing apps that are not appropriate to the school learning process. Each iPad will also be supplied with a rugged case to protect it from everyday school life.

[Orlando Sentinel]


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Florida school scrapping textbooks and rolling out iPads to its students


The iPad can just present the apps loaded. Success is not so much the iPad as the apps that are installed - and of course how they are used by the teachers and students.

Yeah I actually live in this city in the middle of nowhere Florida... Cow fields and everything.... It's in the very outskirts of Orlando before tourism kicked in.... But I knew my mom told me something about it but I didn't believe it... Wow... Kinda cool.

My wife's a teacher and part if the pilot program in her school for iPads. She gets issued an iPad and so do her kids. They take them home and use them all year just like a text book. Studies have shown kids learn at a higher rate when they have the technology. Looking forward to see how it works.

No one is shooting down the idea of tech, but if you ever had a teenage son you would understand a parents concern. When tablets get cheaper than it will be more practical.

I disagree, I'm 17 and I've always loved technology and every piece of tech I own is in, at least, pretty good condition. While others may nor treat it as well as me, most of my friends have iPhones or Android phones and they are all in fairly good condition after months or even years of usage.

Things were different when we were in school.
Know why there are no grocery stores in many urban areas? Because they don't want any part of it. They learned their lesson long ago. They don't want animals crashing trucks through their store's walls and having their merchandise stolen week after week. And that's exactly what will happen to these Florida schools after they've stocked up on iPads. If they can't even protect very large band instruments, that are continually stolen, how will they protect little iPads?

and the award for dumbest comment of the day goes to .............fastlane. No grocery stores in many urban area's?! REALLY?! what "many urban area's" are these?

In order to download something from iTunes you are always required to enter a password. If the student doesn't know it then they can't download anything.

You 've got know the restriction password in setting of your iPad.
and then You can see the installing Apps item.. turn on.

The idea is awesome, the implementation will fail. Either the iPads will be stolen or lost. There is no real way around this and at $600 a pop, no insurance carrier will insure these.

Animation techniques can be used on a tablet that will help the student visualize. The future for illustrators is very exciting.