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 reasons
why it is imperative for schools to have iPads
Overview of schools
Apple being the powerhouse of leading technology, has a major contribution to the education sector through its wide range of products and services. The increased use of Apple products in schools has benefited all levels of school students from K-12 worldwide. At each class level, it is making a huge difference in the classrooms with an Enhanced Learning Experience. This is what every Gen-next school aims for.
Apple & schools

Apple being the powerhouse of leading technology, has a major contribution to the education sector through its wide range of products and services. The increased use of Apple products in schools has benefited all levels of school students from K-12 worldwide. At each class level, it is making a huge difference in the classrooms with an Enhanced Learning Experience. This is what every Gen-next school aims for.

Apple iPad and schools
In India, many schools have implemented iPad programs, offering a more meaningful learning experience to students and a better teaching experience for teachers as well. Apple provides schools with a plethora of Teaching, Learning, and Technical Resources to set up iPad classrooms. Let us delve deeper into 6 reasons as to what magic is created in such schools and why this powerful device – iPad is so influential, useful, and a worthy shot for schools to take:

#1

Quality & Compactness

Being thin, light, and durable with a user-friendly touch interface makes iPads simple, giving a flawless experience to students and teachers.

iPads are much easier to use compared to other devices as they are designed to function as per the student’s thinking process. It provides multi-touch facilities, like swiping, pinching, and tapping making it very comfortable for students to use and work on any project or task on hand.

It also has the following amazing built-in features :

  • Speak Screen & Speak Selection:
    This feature enables iPad to read back to the students whatever text or content they want to hear and even highlight it. They can read along as the sentences are spoken. 

  • Typing Feedback & Predictive Text:
    iPad can speak back the words a student has typed which helps them confirm that they have written and spelled them correctly. Predictive text gives suggestions for spelling by giving a list of words they hear allowing them to pick from it.Being a powerful device itself with Augmented Reality (AR) enabled, it takes the overall experience of students towards gamified education, thanks to a bundle of educational apps, games, and resources available for use.This package of compactness is unmatched when compared to other devices.

#2

Deliver Tailored Experiences

iPads are very useful in providing tailor-made solutions as per each class level and cater to different learning styles of students. Students have different learning styles -For eg. Visual learners can watch more videos and presentations whereas those who require a hands-on approach can download study materials and work on them.

 

Teachers can design student-centered materials and can offer a more creative approach to learning with immediate feedback. This makes the entire learning process fun, understanding, and easy to grasp for students.

Considering two classroom scenarios:


A teacher can use Explain Everything(app) to provide students with a visual science concept with an audio and text description to which students can jot down their responses and examples or drawings in Notes(app).

 

Teachers can break down a long process or procedure into step-by-step videos for students who have difficulty processing long documents. Post-it Notes(app) can be used to brainstorm ideas for the steps and using Post-it Plus (app) it can be arranged in a sequence that can be exported to Numbers (app) spreadsheet. Here instructions can be modified, images, text, audio can be added, and finally Clips can be used to create videos that combine step-by-step directions with live text, prompts, audio and videos.

 

Each classroom can thus function more towards student centric understanding and learning.Teachers can share drawings, text, photos, and videos with the entire class in real-time. With many educational apps and resources available, teachers can use them as per the class level and make the learning for students interactive and visually pleasing.

#3

Enhanced creativity

Students are always looking for ways where they can express themselves and show their ideas and creativity in ways that best make sense to them.

Students can use lots of resources and apps available to enhance their creativity – this can be related to any field they like or want to pursue other than schoolwork.

Students will be able to accomplish anything from photography, filming, and editing interesting videos to creating digital graphics to accompany a presentation, drawing, music, and almost everything on iPad.

Apple has a wonderful program- Everyone Can Create which has apps, tools, and resources which provide schools with everything they need to bring and enhance creativity in their classrooms. Students learn to develop and share their ideas using videos, photography, music, and sketching through different projects from the Everyone Can Create guidebook.

Students are always looking for ways where they can express themselves and show their ideas and creativity in ways that best make sense to them.

 

Students can use lots of resources and apps available to enhance their creativity – this can be related to any field they like or want to pursue other than schoolwork.

 

Students will be able to accomplish anything from photography, filming, and editing interesting videos to creating digital graphics to accompany a presentation, drawing, music, and almost everything on iPad.

 

Apple has a wonderful program- Everyone Can Create which has apps, tools, and resources which provide schools with everything they need to bring and enhance creativity in their classrooms. Students learn to develop and share their ideas using videos, photography, music, and sketching through different projects from the Everyone Can Create guidebook.

 

The following apps are the best ones:

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – Students and teachers may use these tools to generate remarkable reports and books, as well as informative spreadsheets and spectacular presentations. Students can work independently or collaborate on a project using real-time collaboration.

GarageBand, iMovie, and Clips – Students and teachers can use these apps to compose music, edit documentary films, and record short video clips.

Swift Playgrounds – It makes learning Swift (a powerful programming language) entertaining and interactive. Everyone Can Code is a comprehensive coding program that includes lessons, teacher guides, and apps that make teaching coding simple. Learning to code helps students how to solve problems, collaborate creatively, and create apps that help them bring their ideas to life.

#4

Best Security and Services

Apple has created sophisticated technologies designed explicitly for use in schools.

 

It offers Privacy Controls, Student Data Protection, Storage & and Retention, Location Controls, Parental Controls, and many other security facilities which ensure the safety and security of students and schools.

 

Apple provides various apps and service products for schools like :

  1. Apple School Manager is a free web-based service that assists the school administrators in deploying iPads and also creating Managed Apple ID accounts for students, class rosters for Schoolwork, and Classroom apps. It also enables tracking of student progress and managing the learning resources
  2. Managed Apple ID accounts are created to provide students with access to iCloud Drive, Photo Library, Backup, Schoolwork, and Shared iPad. Students can use any device to access their learning materials and the work they’ve made.

All files on the iPad are encrypted, this is enabled automatically where the user’s passcode is used to generate a unique encryption key to secure data. A very systematic approach towards security and services are offered making it easy for schools to setup iPad programs.

#5

Quality Investment

Investing in Apple iPad is a long-term investment not just limited to school life but also after that. Students can also use it to advance in whatever further studies they pursue.

With lots of updated education resources provided, an iPad makes to the list of a lifetime investment – a tool that will always be useful for higher studies and also towards the career goals of a student as they move ahead in their journey.

Other than being the best investment for schools to make for their students, it also enables the teachers with lots of teaching resources making them advanced and powerful educators.

Apple offers programs, curricula, project guides, teaching tools, communities, and many resources to empower teachers like:

  1. The Apple Teacher Learning Center: It is a free self-paced professional learning platform for teachers that provides them with endless learning materials and content for using technology in the classroom.
  2. Apple Distinguished Educators: It’s an Apple-created platform that brings together a community of mentor educators who share their knowledge of how to teach with Apple Products.
  3. Curricula and Project Guides:
    • Everyone Can Create: It has project guides that help teachers to teach students to grow and share their ideas using drawing, photography, video, and music.
    • Everyone Can Code: It has resources that help teachers introduce students to Swift code through interactive puzzles and activities.
    • Develop in Swift: It has free curricula and professional learning material that make it easy for teachers to help students start with designing and developing apps.
  4. Teaching Tools: Classwork and Schoolwork are amazing apps that enable teachers to teach and monitor students’ progress at personalized levels -in class and remotely. Empowered teachers can create a wonderful learning and advanced experience for students which makes classrooms a magical place and such classrooms take schools to a much more valuable and progressive level.
“iPad is indeed a powerful tool for learning that has wide-ranging impacts on teaching and learning, including changes in pedagogical practices, improved learning outcomes, and engagement for students.” Colin Schot, Principal, Sunshine Special Developmental School.

#6

Go Paperless

Schools these days are aiming toward being sustainable and eco-friendly as much as possible and playing their part in promoting green living.

Schools using iPads can greatly reduce the need for paper products and thus promote eco-friendly culture. Students can download their assignments, and read e-Books, research journals, and academic publications online instead of keeping track of homework or carrying traditional textbooks.

Likewise, teachers can also create presentations and assignments for students using iPads, which will cut off a lot of paperwork, filing, and storing issues.

ADS

Many schools around the world have become Apple Distinguished Schools. Such schools use iPad and Mac products to increase student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Such schools promote a culture where students are excited and curious to learn. There are schools in India that have implemented iPad programs and have successfully gained a more advanced high-tech learning experience.

“We need to provide multiple means of learning in our classrooms. Multiple ways to learn new concepts and make connections. Opportunities to touch, move, see, and hear should be abundant.” Jenny Grabiec, Apple Distinguished Educator, The Fletcher School

The iPad is the best handy tool created for gen-next that can make schools better, versatile, and have access to high-tech functions which will provide students all the experiences and updates of the world in one place.

Classrooms equipped with iPads create wonders as they become students’ best friends  &  they can personalize it with around 1,90,000 education apps available. Such smart classrooms make the schools well in touch with the latest ed-tech, empowering students to get the best and flourish overall in their lives.

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