iPads assist learning, provide distractions

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Students are using their iPads in classes to get familiar with technology.

Students are using their iPads in classes to get familiar with technology.

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Students are using their iPads in classes to get familiar with technology.

Olivia Ottman, Writer

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The new technology provided for the students and staff of Highland High School allows for teachers to create new ways to teach students, enabling them to then use their iPads to do projects, schoolwork, and other assigned work. At least this is what the iPads are supposed to be used for.

Sophomore Eris Grubb said, “I think students often use (their iPads) to stream content and play games. I’ve been seeing a change in classroom environments that are more engrossed in the iPad then learning. Teachers use it for presenting slides and other stuff meant for the class period.”

Teachers and students both use their iPads for different purposes in classes. Teachers may use them for presentations, notes, unique review games, or assessments for upcoming tests. Teachers are also using apps such as Google Classroom, Khan Academy, and other features like Apple TV or Airdrop, to display what the class would be using for the lesson.

Geometry teacher Sherri Terrell said, “In class, students are allowed to take notes electronically, either in a PDF format or in the Notes app. They have also been used to collaborate classwide on Google Slides to respond to bell ringer questions.”

Students can also use their iPads to write essays or to watch instructional videos requested by a teacher.

Junior Eric Neel said, “I actually see students using their iPads more than the teachers; however, I see the students using them for things unrelated to class like listening to music, text messaging, watching videos, or even cheating on school work. I think the school should really be aware of (this problem) as students are getting more and more creative about cheating.”

Having teachers and students use their iPads to teach and learn helps cut down on the use of paper, helping the environment. Students can also use them for homework or practice, but some of the iPad usage is not for school purposes.

The iPads are used more than everyone thinks they are. As time progresses, both students and teachers are becoming more accustomed to using this new technology.

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