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Florida School Will be Giving Students iPads Instead of Textbooks This Year

July 31, 2011  |  iPad News  |  Share

iPads in Florida High School

Lately, many educational institutes are trying to move away from the traditional methods of teaching towards other alternate methods, mostly with the use of computers and other gadgets.

Digitalizing education has many advantages over the traditional form of education. It makes studying as well as teaching more interactive and interesting. It has the ability to catch the attention of students by making learning more fun.

Another major advantage of e-learning is the use of digital text books. With almost every title being made available in digital formats it is only a matter of time before we can completely do away with physical books for education and adopt e-books.

About the gadgets that could be used to read these e-books, well you can not have tens of large desktops or laptops in a classroom. A tablet seems like a good idea, and which tablet could be more better suited than Apple’s iPad?

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The administration of Lake Minneola High School thinks so too. Yes that’s right. According to SunSentinel, Lake Minneola High School will be the first school in Central Florida to introduce iPads for teaching. The idea is to save money and paper used on textbooks and approach education in a whole new way. This idea is a part of the state’s pilot program and is sponsored by them as well.

The administrators have purchased 1,750 iPads for students and staff with the total cost coming up to $700,000. As part of the state’s program, the school has to report the money saved on textbooks and other stuff and the positive and negative impacts on the students, if any, at the end of the year. The school has to also monitor the grades of the students after the implementation of tablets.

Students are no doubt very excited but so are the teachers who have started planning teaching methods with the use of the iPads, which is going to make teaching and quizzing the students a lot easier.

Here’s to hope that soon education turns completely digital.

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