Highland school district receives iPads as a technology update

Students at Blake Middle School working on an activity with their iPads. Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe.

Students at Blake Middle School working on an activity with their iPads. Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe.

Olivia Ottman, Writer

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The Highland school district has recently received iPads. Now that technology is becoming more of a necessity to the world, the way to teach students  are upgrading. People ranging from adults, teens, and even children are using smart phones, laptops, tablets and other smart technology to entertain and educate themselves.

Patrick Weil said, “The decision to buy the iPads were for the district as a whole, and that includes all levels.”

The iPads are going to be used in classes and for homework related items. Teachers may use Google Classroom, Remind, Google Docs, and other approved programs. Schools will still have to use textbooks for about 6 to 7 years because some of the textbooks can not be digitally downloaded. Weil also believes that the time with the iPads will be a work in progress. Students and teachers will have to get used to doing assignments, bellringers, and more with these tablets.

From elementary to middle school, and now to the high school, technology is making its mark on education.

Assistant Principal Justin Fronek said, “I think that this will substantially more creative in the things that they (students) do and to be more excited about the activities and topics they are doing.”

The reason why the iPads have been delayed for this long is because of a conflict in receiving the protective cases for the tablets.

Eric Beard said, ‘It’s been frustrating for me because I planned the first unit for both of the classes that I teach and included a project that would have used some apps and tools that we can only use with the Apple products and because of the delay, I had to scrap those and come up with something different.”

When the iPads arrive they will help students and teachers. Even though this will be a learning curve for everyone, the technology update has begun and the iPads will be coming soon.v

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