Do you think the iPad could revolutionize the education system?

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  1. 0blivion macrumors member

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    The iPad is portable, intelligent and has alot of features. I was thinking in the not to distant future could the iPad revolutionize the way kids/teens get educated? Think about it...

    The current education system is based on educating as many students for as cheaply as possible.

    The system doesn't help those who learn differently (for an example, verbally, hands on etc). The iPad could add a new technological feeling into the class room, cheaper then buying alot of books.

    Is the iPad the way to go? Maybe future iPad generations? Discuss your opinions
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It won't be durable enough to withstand heavy use.
     
  3. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Until there's a subsidy or something - it's going to be a long time before it's adopted pre-College. I'm not saying schools/libraries might not have a few around. But so many schools can't even afford books, basic supplies for the classrooms already. Don't believe me? Ask most pre-college teachers who are forking out money out of their own pockets for supplies. And how some can't assign homework because the school doesn't have enough books.

    So while the iPad might make its way into schools (I'm talking pre-College age) - there won't be one per student or anything close.
     
  4. oililymad macrumors 6502

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    This is exactly why I am buying this for my son.
    I also think some very clever app designer could make an absolute packet out of turning this ipad into a communication device. And / or device for those people with additional needs.

    A basic touch screen communication aid is thousands of pounds.
    The basics are there. Just need someone to put all of it together.

    I also much to the despair of one particular forum goer will be buying one for my 4 year old daughter to help her with literacy. She loves her iPod touch too.

    And no she doesn't need one she wants one. !!
    Excuse the sarcasm it's not aimed at the op who I think has a very valid point.
     
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    Not until you can multitask with an ebook/browser and a word processor.
     
  6. Sketh macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure about the education system, but doctors would probably for sure swing for a ruggadized case and iPad, once some serious apps get released for the iPad, there is a lot of potential for the iPad in that aspect.
     
  7. 0blivion thread starter macrumors member

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    I was thinking that it would be more towards a High School use. Here's an example:
    -During the first year of high school, instead of buying a whole list of supplies (mine totalled around $200), the school or apple should offer a student discount towards an iPad. On the iPad: Are teacher's can SEND our notes wirelessly, (my teachers already give us USB's with all are notes and everything else for the year). Also, we can write notes. The biggest thing is that we can download our textbooks as apps. Every year, are school loses thousands of dollars towards ruined or lost textbooks, and they have to be replaced. With a textbook on the iPad, it is portable and efficient. And, the students will obviously take care of it, as it was purchased from with their money, and it is a required item to have during the school days.

    Image sitting in class, and you have to present a presentation. You walk up, connect your iPad to the projector, open up Keynote and voilà.

    To me, this seems to be much more easier and efficient then textbooks, binders, writing utensils and paper.
     
  8. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    Oh yeah. No more noogies for lunch money. "Hand over your iPad!"
     
  9. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    As a college student, I would love it if i could have all my text books on one small device that I could have with me at all times. I wouldn't have to load my backpack up with all my books for finals, I could just bring my ipad and have everything i need on one interactive screen. Plus I could only be cheaper to have books digitally than hard copies!
     
  10. 0blivion thread starter macrumors member

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    I see where your coming from. But to be honest, in my school, there really aren't any bullies. So far, I haven't seen anyone get picked on or teased...i'm in grade 11. But, that doesn't mean it isn't happening! Maybe i'm just blind to it. Anyways, their are so many kids with laptops in my school, so it would play a same role as every other electronic device...the chance of it being stolen.
     
  11. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I'm in my late 20s. Not too many smartphones when I was in school. :cool:
     
  12. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    Nor laptops in highschool :eek:
     
  13. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    If I brought a laptop or phone to my high school when I went, the teacher would of took it away.
     
  14. Denarius macrumors 6502a

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    Getting more kids enthusiastic about learning would revolutionise teaching. I'm not sure about how a gadget would do that after the initial novelty.

    Mind you, the the iPad does have the advantage that they can't lobotomise themselves in FarmVille/YoVille/ChavVille/WhateverVille during class! :p
     
  15. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    They took my pager once (yes, I had one. SHUT UP! You're Stupid!)

    No electronic device was ever allowed. But I hear kids today are buying ringtones with sounds pitched so high only they can hear it. We used to have that too. We called it "vibrate". :D
     
  16. Sketh macrumors 6502

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    The huge plus of having all of your class books on your iPad is that you can "Find" exact quotes in text, effortlessly. I don't know about you, but that's come in handy a hell of a lot for me.
     
  17. 0blivion thread starter macrumors member

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    That would be a life saver!
     
  18. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    Sure would make open book tests easier.
     
  19. 0blivion thread starter macrumors member

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    The thing is, technology makes the students enthusiastic about learning. What I see, is that people want the 'new' stuff. If they bring electronics into the school, such as the iPad, it would be different and something extremely interesting, therefore, the students would want to use it to learn. If they had a choice between a textbook with a notepad or a iPad, what would they chose?
    Obviously the iPad, right?
     
  20. 0blivion thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, isn't it like using the index?
     
  21. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, but in a real book you get:
    George Washington 199-210, 230, 245-256


    In an iPad, I assume (which is dangerous) that we'd get previews with those results:
    George Washington was a general...
    ...and in 1745 George Washington...
     
  22. 0blivion thread starter macrumors member

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    True. Hey! Maybe the iPad can eliminate open book tests!!! (There the hardest).
     
  23. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Teachers hand out notes now?

    Wow.. We've come so far technologically that it's making people lazier and lazier.

    It's well documented that we live in the information age where facts are at ones fingertips - yet the education system is crippled. One has to wonder why and how this is possible.

    Hate to sound agist or like an old fuddy-duddy - but kids and young adults need to stop being pandered to.
     
  24. Sketh macrumors 6502

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    Here's how it helps for me.

    In my Graphic Interface class, we take our tests online, they're open book.

    I downloaded my book, and type in some keywords from the question into the search bar, bam I'll find the answer in about 20 seconds or less.

    It's just convenient. I don't care if some consider it cheating, it's just the same effect as looking through a book, but with far faster results.
     
  25. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

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    I think that every student will have an iPad in just a few years. Or just some sort of a slate device to do homework on/take to school.
    It would make sense. Not only will we be saving millions of trees, school's wouldn't have to spend SO much money on textbooks.

    Just think about it, some textbooks can cost up to as much as a iPad, I think it would be cheaper for schools to just either give students some kind of discount or just supply every student/classroom with them.

    Also, students would grow up and have healthier backs.
    Just think of all those heavy books being carried on their backs everyday. One could say that this is some sort of a workout, I see it as torture.

    So, yes, once schools actually take this seriously, I think that it will happen. Colleges especially. I can't wait to start using one of these. Seriously, since I saw the iPad, first thing I thought - This is PERFECT for school.
     

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