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COLORADO SCHOOL TURNING TO IPAD

COLORADO SCHOOL TURNING TO IPAD

At Manitou Springs Middle School, every student in grades 5-8 will have an iPad next year. The device is a high-capacity, touchscreen tablet computer connected to the internet that has been a popular alternative to more expensive notebook computers and textbooks.

Students — many of whom are already using similar technology at home — like the idea, reports the Denver Post:

Some are easing into the product, but others have placed hefty bets that the device will profoundly improve the way teachers deliver curriculum.

“The engagement piece that the iPad provides is amazing,” says Casey. “I’ve been teaching 20 years, and I’d never before heard students say they can’t wait for school to start.”

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham reminds us of the talk around SMART boards, which were touted as a near-panacea in the education world years ago:

After a decade of research, they concluded that its effectiveness simply depends on what you do with it, says Daniel Willingham, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia who specializes in cognitive approaches to education. (more)

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