How iPad is Changing Education Big Time
By on November 27th, 2012

iPads have disrupted the way we do things for the better. It has changed the way we work, read, learn, game, and communicate. In fact, the device has also changed the way industries complete tasks. One prominent industry that has adopted the device is education. The iPad is helping students learn better, improve test scores, and making learning a better interactive experience. Creativity is inspired among students because they are now learning on a device that motivates them. The amount of features and apps the device offers also helps get them more engaged with the content. In addition, iPads have replaced bulky textbooks and lets students easily access content they need anywhere. They don’t need to carry cumbersome laptops or bulky backpacks anymore.

Even though the use of technology in the education system has been discouraged, that is quickly changing thanks to the iPad. Let’s take a look at how the device is disrupting the traditional ways of teaching:

Updated Textbooks

A major problem with paper textbooks is how quickly the material becomes outdated. Due to this, students are forced to learn old material instead of current material. Also, since paper textbooks are expensive to produce and costly for schools to buy, they aren’t purchased frequently within school districts. These books are also very costly for students. With some textbooks costing more than $100, the price tag adds up quickly. If a typical student has six different courses, then they could easily end up spending $600 on textbooks alone. Also, a typical class has more students than sets of textbooks. This doesn’t help teachers or students in any way. The solution for this? Apple’s iPad. The cheapest retail version now costs $329 made possible due to the iPad mini. Apple may offer a discount on iPads in the future for education, but that has not been revealed yet. The company already offers discounted prices for Macs in education. For example, the $999 iMac for education.

Through the iPad, teachers are able to provide updated information, stories, and research for each session instead of using outdated printed material. Apple’s iBooks textbooks are ensuring that digital e-books are developed for all levels of students. The biggest impact is being caused via the form of textbooks.

Mobility in education 

Until recently, students had no option but to carry extremely heavy loads of textbooks to school every day for completing homework or following coursework, but the iPad eliminates this issue. The device’s light weight and extremely portable design allows students to complete their homework and learn from anywhere. They are constantly tuned into learning. For teachers, iPad has made it much easier to carry their course work with them on the go. This has already become a trend. Jackson Christian School in Jackson, Tenn., has virtually paperless classrooms. Students no longer carry binders and textbooks and teachers test students on their iPads.

New ways to increase productivity and organization

A common issue among students is keeping their notes and homework assignments easily organized. Either the paper has somehow disappeared or got thrown away by accident. This is partially due to students having grown up in a digital age. They are used to having documents automatically being saved on a computer and having them accessible at time. Finding something is as easy as clicking a button these days.

Say good bye to the traditional paper planner and say hello to new applications like iStudiez Pro and other content organizer apps have made it is easier than ever before for students to keep track of schedules and deadlines, complete homework, and even find their assignments and task lists. In addition, it has revolutionized note taking inside and outside of the classroom. No longer do students have to spend a lot of time and energy copying notes. Oh, another bonus point? Notes are actually legible!

In fact, a teacher at Garden City High School in Garden City, Kan. was actually taught by one of her students on how to use Notability, an iPad app that enables the user to take notes, record lectures, and annotate PDFs. It is the power of the iPad combined with rich apps that make all of this possible.

Budget-friendly 

iPads are quickly becoming a PC replacement in school districts and universities because they are more economical than laptops that offer similar options. It has been proven that providing students with iPads is much cheaper than purchasing a whole new set of textbooks for each student from kindergarten through 12th grade. iPads are already overtaking PC sales in schools and with the new iPad mini, adoption of the device in education will rapidly increase.

Customized Curriculum

Every student learns differently, but the education system currently imposes a one size fits all method. Now with the iPad, the student can be in control, choosing how they learn, where, and when. In addition, the power of technology and the device enables the option of an app to be developed that can help create a customized learning experience for individual students. Yes, this is a bit far off, but it is totally possible. Students who struggle on a certain topic can receive more guided practice and teachers can spend more time with them, while other students continue to work independently as they master the curriculum. Students can also easily collaborate with peers as they go through the curriculum. Courses can be fine tuned for each student as they make progress throughout the curriculum, which would lead to education becoming a truly personalized experience – something that does not exist as of today.

Conclusion

The education system is in desperate need of change and iPad is one of the ways it is disrupting the way students and teachers do things inside and outside of the classroom. Combine that with applications, open education sources, or an online school like Khan Academy and you have a modern day teaching and learning environment. It’s also creating a desire for lifelong learning and creativity among students rather than just learning information for a grade.

 

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Author: Parth Dhebar
Parth Dhebar is a 18 year-old entrepreneur. He is the founder of Simple Reviews, a blog focused on reviewing iPhone and iPad applications. Parth is a recognized name in the industry, known for covering Apple news. He is an editor at Techie-Buzz covering news on Apple. You can follow him on Twitter @pdparticle.

Parth Dhebar has written and can be contacted at parth@techie-buzz.com.
  • marcvann8

    The iPads have revolutionized teaching, with appropriate use of iPads helping to enhance learning across the curriculum and encouraging collaborative learning. But in my opinion, iPads or not, tablet scan boost the interest of children from learning many different things, not just iPad. Google’s Nexus line can do the job exceptionally because of the cloud computing storage it possesses.

  • http://www.nithin.net Nithin

    Nice one Parth. Education needs way more innovation that merely digital textbooks. As you state, there need to be more apps/innovation that make the learning experience more immersive, then just regurgitation.

 
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