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The Pros And Cons Of Apple Hardware In Schools

Apple has already broached the education sector with their iMacs as standard issue in schools around the world during the 90s and they are already seen in many high schools and university campuses all over the world. Apple has also garnered new fans through their education initiative where they lower the price of mac books for full time college students.

This year mac hardware has been in the targeted new members of the education spectrum with many high schools across America integrating iPad learning with their classes. You probably have already read the articles on this topic, but this article is going to go beyond the headlines and look at the pros and cons of having these devices in schools.

Pro: with iBook and many other e-book reading facilities on the iPad students will no longer have to carry around a bag full of books.

There are hundreds of different books available at the official iBook store, and the iBook app accepts PDF files as well as hundreds of other e-book files so students can collect these books from anywhere. E-books are also becoming steadily cheaper than physical books, and these digital copies can be updated right away rather than forcing the school or the students themselves to have to buy new sets of books every time a new discovery is made. With the addition of TextEdit students can also take detailed notes in class on their iPad, essentially making pens and notebooks obsolete, too. With a fully stocked iPad students will only have to bring their lunches to school.

Con: the fall of the publishing industry. It has been foreshadowed for years and many people believe it won’t happen, but if schools turn away from buying physical books then there will be no need for the companies that create them. With the jobless numbers around the world at a staggering high the loss of any company could be quite devastating. One also hopes that the schools who no longer need texts will donate these too poorer schools rather than just throwing the old books away.

Pro: so many apps for learning. Students can download many free apps for learning from language tuition apps to different calculators to apps about the solar system. There are even apps about nutrition so the PE class can get with the times, too. The iPad is also accessible for students with disabilities such as low/no eye sight or those who are hard of hearing. The iBook app will read every text aloud and students can change the colour display as well as the size of the text for better reading. There are also apps to teach students sign language and emotion apps to help students on the Autism Spectrum communicate with other people.

Cons: so many apps for distraction. The new iOS for iPad comes with a messenger service so people can use their Wi-Fi or 3G to text with each other as well as instant Twitter integration. There are also thousands of apps at the app store that are not about education but about time wasting.

Earlier this month freshmen at Brookfield High School in Connecticut as well as every student at Burlington High School near Boston have been given iPad’s, and earlier this year around 20 schools in the Australian city of Sydney had iPad’s as a part o the curriculum. While this is by no means a worldwide phenomenon it seems that the iPad in school is here to stay.


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