U.S. Schools Like the Interactivity and Visuals of the iPad

  • Apple claims there are more than 600 U.S. school districts that have at least one classroom where each student is receiving an iPad to use throughout the school day.
  • The popular tablets feature interactive programs in math, note-taking apps, videos and tutorials on everything from history to foreign languages.
  • The tablets are reportedly very popular in special education and for those who learn visually.
  • Textbook publishers are racing to develop curriculum specifically for iPads. Moreover, digital programs are less costly than textbooks and have interactivity and videos as well.
  • “I don’t want to generalize because I don’t want to insult people who are working hard to make those resources,” says Burlington High (Massachusetts) principal Patrick Larkin of textbooks, “but they’re pretty much outdated the minute they’re printed and certainly by the time they’re delivered. The bottom line is that the iPads will give our kids a chance to use much more relevant materials.”