Behold the future.
Two schools in Michigan are taking a giant step into the 21st century as every student was given an iPad for their classwork. The idea is eliminate textbooks and paper homework, and make all of their coursework available with the swipe of finger.
Nearly 1,800 iPads were distributed to the student body of these two high schools and the response has been tremendous. Administrators and educators are so pleased with the functionality of the system - assigning homework, giving tests and communicating with students - that the board is considering expanding the system further. The hope is to get a tablet in the hands of every kid, in every school in the district, from grades 3 to 12.
But how is this even possible? With the economy the way that it is, where did they even get the funds for such an ambitious project? Superintendent Dave Berry reveals it was completely the voters of the districts duty. They voted for using a $20 million bond issue for school improvements and $1.3 million of that went to the iPads.
Not a bad deal, if you ask us!
We can see this really taking off. Learning becomes fun and engaging and tech savvy. Plus, kids probably feel mega cool walking around with those things.
The only thing we don't like about this deal is that Apple didn't offer the district a discount on the iPads. With so many systems bought and a precedence being established for other schools to follow suit, you would think they would cut them a break! We are STILL in a recession!