ARLINGTON, Va. - On a warm spring morning, two first-grade boys enter the computer lab at Jamestown Elementary, a traditional-looking red-brick neighborhood school that’s educated generations of students.
When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died this past week, some of the most heartfelt online tributes came from educators and students.
Apple helped pioneer the use of computers in schools back in the 1980s with the graphical interface of the Macintosh. These days, it's the iPad that's the hot trend in education and Jobs' education legacy is growing with the popularity of mobile devices in the classroom.
“The curriculum is moving to more of an electronic format. Within the next 10 years, books will be electronic.” That was the opinion of Michael D’Alessio, 13-year member, and now director of Mathematics and Instructional Technology at Watchung Hills Regional High School.
There are plenty of stories out there about schools that have already launched large-scale iPad programs or that are considering them for next year. Many U.S. school districts have yet to determine an iPad strategy, however, and are still moving forward cautiously.
Pencil to paper may soon be a thing of the past for students.
If that's the case, some sixth-grade students at Pantera Elementary School are getting a head start.
The Pomona Unified school has launched a tablet computer pilot program for about 50 of the school's pre-teen students that will put an iPad in their hands and endless educational possibilities into their minds.