iPad in Education: Tennessee School Requiring All Students to Have iPads

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Webb School, a private school in Knoxville, TN is requiring all fourth through 12th grade students to have an iPad for classes next year.

“To be able to use that technology whenever they need it, rather than, as it is now, they have to check out a cart, a laptop cart, or schedule lab time to take a class to a lab,” said Jim Manikas, technology director at the school.

The school will offer a leasing program for those who can’t afford to (or prefer not to) buy an iPad for their child – at around $20 per month. Apparently the school would like to see iPads replace text books in future. They have plans to block certain social sites such as Twitter and Facebook on campus and monitor web browser usage in class. That may prove quite a challenge when they likely see that students become far more savvy about the devices than teachers and administrators.

As much as I love the iPad, I’m not sure how I feel about it being an out-and-out requirement for students. Hopefully the investment required in the iPad does not add up to more than the equivalent amount of text books for those 4th-12th graders.

News Via: 9to5Mac

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5 thoughts on “iPad in Education: Tennessee School Requiring All Students to Have iPads”

  1. Do you know what kind of stand or case the kids in the picture are using?

    It looks like it has a place to hold note cards or small pieces of paper at the top, which is a clever idea!


    1. Sorry, I’m not sure which case that is – though it doesn’t look that far away from Apple’s own case.

  2. Patrick,

    The vast majority of Webb parents are excited about the move to iPad (including us). I don’t think that the primary reason for dumping textbooks was based on saving money. Rather it’s more about the incredible value the iPad brings to the classroom.

    There has been some talk about including 3rd grade in the iPad program as well. I’m certainly hoping they do!

    The biggest problem has been publishers who are unwilling to make the move away from traditional textbooks. Same problem that most newspapers are having.

    1. Hi John – I have an 8 year old daughter, so I’m familiar with how great an educational tool the iPad can be and I’m sure it can bring incredible value to the classroom. I just hope it makes sense financially for both the school and the parents involved.

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