The trend we are seeing across the United States of integrating iPad’s into the classroom is increasing at a blistering pace. This time, the news is surfacing at an elementary school in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where the school district will be purchasing 198 iPads by the end of next year. This figure will allow every student at the Jefferson Elementary school in Oshkosh to have an iPad.
“The reality is there’s a higher need for iPads in the classroom than we have iPads… Teachers are signing them out weeks in advance. They have become such a natural part of teaching… because of the great impact in the classroom. We need to keep moving in that direction”, according to Principal Julie Skelton, via Northwestern.com.
According to teachers at Jefferson Elementary, the impact that iPad’s are having in the classroom is well worth the investment. According to Wanda Kern, a second grade teach at Jefferson, ”There’s a rush to enter the school building, whether it’s at the beginning of the day or after lunch. I feel we’re so much better on our toes without having wasted instructional time.”
And don’t think for a minute that this is an isolated event. School districts all over the United States are starting to adopt tablets into the classroom. For example, three public schools in Tennessee have recently purchased Kindle Fire tablets for all of their elementary students.
The iPad is only 2 years old, with the first generation iPad being released on April 3, 2010. And in this short period of time, it is becoming clear that the revolutionary tablet is having a positive impact on educating children, increasing attention span, and causing kids to actually get excited about getting to school. Now I don’t know about you, but with these kinds of results, every school in the country should be investing in iPad, or the Kindle Fire, for all all of their students.