What we call the iPad project is a one-to-one computing program. One-to-one computer models, where each student has a computer that he/she uses for all of his/her classes, have been shown to increase learning by greater engagement by the students. It is our goal to implement a one-to-one at MCS, starting with the high school, then expanding.
Technology is expanding at a phenomenal rate and education needs to embrace it. Students learn in different ways than they did in the past, and we want to harness their enthusiasm for technology and match it with our enthusiasm for learning and our subject matter to create enhanced learning opportunities.
Apple has always been a supporter of education, and the iPad is no exception. There are over 140,000 apps in the App Store, many of which are targeted to education. Also digital curriculum is being created for many platforms, including the iPad. But most of all, students have excitement about the iPad and we want translate that enthusiasm to learning!
A pilot program is one where a concept is tried on a smaller scale before embarking on a large scale program. For MCS, the pilot program for 2011-2012 has entailed a junior high creative writing class using the iPad and a high school iPad Exploration class where we have tried to emulate the one-to-one model.
All students in the 9th and 10th grades plus any 11th and 12th graders taking AP Statistics or Creating Music with GarageBand will be in the pilot program for the 2012-2013 school year.
It will take the place of textbooks for Biology, Chemistry, Geometry and AP Statistics. It is our plan to add digital curriculum in future years.
Inappropriate use of the iPad in class is treated like any behavior issue, like passing notes or talking in class. The teacher deals with it as he or she sees fit, according to the guidelines in the Parent/Student Handbook.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE THE IPAD PROGRAM FAQ PAGE.
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