For a self-described "Mac person" working as a technology manager in a college preparatory school that had been a "Mac school" for as long as he could remember, it was a hard thing to have to face but he said it out loud: "Apple never took enterprise computing seriously," says a somewhat disillusioned Adam Gerson, co-director of technology at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City.
A Timmins educator has been honoured for incorporating new technology in the classroom.
Ted Weltz, principal of O'Gorman Intermediate Catholic School, saw an educational opportunity and formed a partnership with Dr. David Booth and Ph.D. candidate Tina Benevides from Nipissing University. He witnessed results that benefitted his students.
“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.
Some parents in Richland School District Two concerned about the use of iPads in the classrooms. WACH-Fox got a few calls and emails from parents concerned their kids were using the iPads for more than just educational instruction.
Fifteen young Ludington children will teach about 300 Michigan school superintendents how to use iPads during a conference in Traverse City Thursday.
Most of the children were in kindergarten — six — or second grade — five — last year when they used the iPads during lessons throughout the year. The other four are second-graders this year and are using the iPads this year.
Some students got a welcomed surprise when they learned they were the recipients of shiny new iPads. The classroom of the 21st century is becoming more oriented towards digital learning devices and less reliant on the standard textbook and worksheet packets to the delight of many parents and students.
Timothy Tran can't wait for Monday, the first day at the new Lake Minneola School, where he'll be among 1,250 students using an iPad loaded with digital textbooks and applications for his biology, chemistry and geometry classes.
It's good-bye to carrying a backpack filled with heavy books.
"It's going to be easier and simpler," said the freshman. "It's going to make it more interesting and fun."
Technology is advancing in schools across the country making it easier to learn and teach new things in the classroom. Florence High School is hoping to see positive results from a new initiative announced on Thursday.
ROCKY MOUNT -- After learning of the Franklin County school system's purchase of more than 200 iPads and supplies in the past few months, one county supervisor wants to withhold $3 million from the schools next year.
Gills Creek Supervisor Russ Johnson said Tuesday he will make the motion at the board of supervisors September meeting.
Interactive Elementary, creators of innovative educational applications for Apple's iPad, today released Elementary School Math HD, a comprehensive, activity-based mathematics application for students in 4th and 5th grade.
Like its predecessor, Middle School Math HD, a staple of iPad-equipped classrooms around the globe, the app will be released with eight modules. Highlighting the assortment of activities are games related to coordinate geometry, rounding, pattern sequences and ordering numbers. Interactive tools for constructing shapes and developing surveys are also included.
Debuting on the App Store on Tuesday with a $0.99 price tag, Elementary School Math HD has been localized to support students in English, Spanish, and Russian.
Dave Brown, Interactive Elementary's president and an Ontario teacher, says he and his development team strived to create a product that not only followed from curriculum standards but also served to liberate teachers from tedious tasks like preparing and marking the drill work.
"North American schools have entered into a major period of transition. Technology is being infused everywhere you look. Of course, tablets are beginning to play a prominent role in this movement. What we offer is just one piece of the broader puzzle. We aim to build resources that effectively replace the worksheet while providing students with immediate feedback on their understandings."
Brown suggests updates for Elementary School Math HD are on the horizon.
"Our next update will add some features on the data collection side. We want to provide teachers with the data that will allow them to measure student progress. We're also quite excited about two additional modules that are in the works. We are introducing a probability activity as well as a module centered about algebra manipulatives."
Elementary School Math HD is also available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Interactive Elementary, the company behind cutting-edge educational applications for the iPad, has introduced updates to Middle School Math, its flagship product. Highlighting the updated version is a new module in which students practice basic operations. The company will be extending more free updates next month.
A Rio Grande Valley school district plans to equip every one of its students with an Apple iPad, rolling ahead with a digitally enhanced curriculum effort that's among the largest of its type in the nation.
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.
Bringing a cell phone or other handheld computerized device to school used to warrant an automatic suspension, especially if the device beeped or rang during class.
But these days, teachers are using these previously prohibited devices during school hours as part of their lesson plans. The change in how pervasive the technology has become has school districts scrambling to adjust their policies and, in some cases, working to provide the devices for students.
Students are no longer giving educators an apple. Instead, public educators are now giving student Apples worth more than $500.
According to USA Today, Zeeland Public Schools in western Michigan has decided to give an iPad to every one of its 1,800 high school students as part of a new program. Educators’ longer-term plan is for every student in grades 3–12 to have an iPad in their hands.
Middle School Math was never supposed to be fun but now it can be with the new iPad app by the same name! Watch our video-review to see why you will want it for YOUR child!
Developed by Interactive Elementary, Middle School Math was designed to offer opportunities for student engagement at every turn. Stretching the full gamut of a well-rounded mathematics curriculum, the seven modules in Middle School Math truly push the boundaries of interactive learning. Interactive Elementary also offer a full range of tutorial videos on their site to help in navigating their app, unlocking all that it can offer.
Bangor Middle School teacher Rick Muellenberg says his students have never been excited about getting their textbooks on the first day of school, but today they couldn’t wait to start studying with their new iPads.
By Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer In Print: Friday, August 19, 2011
WESLEY CHAPEL — From a tiny classroom off the media center at Wiregrass Ranch High School came laughter, buzzy whispering and shouts of, "This is so cool!"
These 25 freshmen were the lucky ones chosen for a pilot program providing students with iPads instead of textbooks. The students picked up the devices Thursday and spent time taking pictures, exploring maps and playing with the many functions.