January 6, 2011
New York City may not know how to clean its streets after a snowstorm, but its kids will soon be using iPads in the classroom. The New York Times is reporting that the city has purchased 2,000 iPads for its students at a cost of $1.3 million. Public schools aren’t the only ones beginning to use Apple’s device. Since it debuted in 2010, the iPad has gained a foothold in education, with many seeing it as a way to save money by reducing printing and textbook costs. According to Alex Curtis, headmaster of the private Morristown-Beard School in New Jersey, "(the iPad) has brought individual technology into the classroom without changing the classroom atmosphere.” His school purchased 60 iPads for $36,000 and is considering providing iPads to all its students this fall. Apple's device isn't just about eliminating waste in school systems. The iPad is also being used in education to help students help others. In December, we profiled how the University of Michigan was using the iPad to help students with cerebral palsy. Of course, the iPad's biggest draw is the growing marketplace of education-based apps. These include the popular Star Walk for iPad and Math Bingo, among others. It will be interesting to see how the iPad continues to evolve in the world of education.
Star Walk for iPad - interactive astronomy guide
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