School Introduces iPads In the Classroom
For many years, Onekama Consolidated
Schools – like schools across the country – has used technology to
enhance the educational experiences of its students. This year, OCS will
be adding one more tool to its instructional arsenal: iPads.
The recent purchase of 70 iPads will allow
Onekama students to have real-time data, access to online literature,
hundreds of free learning applications, and instructional exposure to
devices which are commonplace in businesses and industry today.
The iPad is a line of tablet computers
developed by Apple, which is thinner and lighter than a laptop computer.
The device is controlled by a multi-touch display and a virtual onscreen
keypad in lieu of a physical keyboard. It can connect wirelessly to a
local data network and to the Internet.
The addition of the iPads to Onekama
classrooms comes after careful research by the school administration and
technology coordinator into the educational opportunities provided by
these devices, visits to other successful programs, and webinar training
by Onekama teachers.
Onekama Middle and High School teacher
Nicole Torrey, who trained to use the iPads and will be incorporating
them into her classroom this school year, explained the many advantages
the iPads provide. “I have always used Moodle, an online open source
e-learning software, in my classroom but I have been limited at times
due to the number of computers I had in my classroom. The iPad will
“The iPads have a 10 hour battery, won't
have to be plugged in during the day, and start up immediately when
turned on. This alone will save up to 15 minutes per class period,”
added Torrey. “My students will also be able to complete all journal
assignments on the devices. This will save on paper, lost assignments,
and the purchase of notebooks. Additionally, the iPads all have video
and photo cameras and will allow my students to create videos as part of
Onekama second grade student
Mairin McCarthy tests out an iPad. For the 2011-12 school year, the
iPads will be piloted in the second grade and high school classrooms
at Onekama School.
Onekama Superintendent Kevin Hughes echoed
the excitement for the introduction of the new technology. “Our staff
has integrated modern technology – including smart boards, Internet, lap
tops, distance learning, online courses, and virtual lessons – into
proven delivery techniques and has embraced these technologies as
exemplified by our students’ success. The 70 iPads will allow our
students to continue to use the latest technology to enhance their
Concluded Hughes, “The iPads are an
economical solution to providing a twenty-first century education to our
student body. We are all very excited to see the effects of using the
hundreds of newly developed applications that come with this technology,
and we will be carefully measuring student outcomes and evaluating the
effectiveness of these new devices.”