The iPad is a simple and intuitive device. The simplicity in design (only a few, buttons, touchscreen) takes the focus off of “learning how to work the device” and puts it onto the content being studied. The iPad is wirelessly connected to the internet and provides students with constant access to information and the tools they need to learn. It also has an extremely long battery life which will enable students to use their iPad without being plugged in for the entire day.
It is easy to see how providing a device to each student levels the field for all students in regards to access to information, but the iPad is also very customizable for students needs. The built in accessibility features target areas of needs for students with visual, auditory, physical and motor skill difficulties.
Another advantage of the iPad is that it provides an organizational scheme for students. The possibility exists for all textbooks, homework, classwork and projects to be on the iPad. This means no more heavy backpacks, no more lost papers, no more missing notes from class. Students will be able to use their iPad to keep a calendar, take notes, access course content, complete assignments, and create content in the form of documents, movies, presentations, spreadsheets, music and more.
In addition to the features of the iPad itself, there is an ever growing number of applications that are being developed specifically for education. Apps can be content specific such as “EDU Apps” used to identify letters of the alphabet (Starfall ABC’s), practice math facts (Rocket Math), solve algebraic equations (Touch Algebra), interact with the night sky (StarWalk) or learn geography (Stack the States). Other apps focus on content creation such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iBooks Author, iMovie, and GarageBand.
Behind the device itself is a company with a strong commitment to education.