In school classrooms across the U. S., iPads are expected to
revolutionize the educational system. Launched in April 2010,
Apple has sold over 2 million iPads and counting. But as far as
its introduction in schools and colleges is concerned it still
has to walk a long road. Technology, whatever it may be takes
its own time to become the part of one's daily life.
Otherwise who would have thought of
throwing away the wired telephone sets once? Cell phones
snatched away the hegemony of fixed landlines and so will
iPad one day.
There is already a debate amongst people who have been using
it or at least have seen other people using it in their work place,
regarding the efficiency of iPad.
With its multi-applications and cell-phone features it's giving
an option for those who are habituated to use both and do not
want to carry two separate things. iPads can prove helpful in
the classrooms but only up to certain extent. Tasks like preparing
class notes n managing the study material can be performed easily
on an iPad. So how different is it from an ordinary laptop or
Weighing around 1.5 pound, iPad provides a good alternative not
only for the heavy books but also for other gazettes which a student
wishes to carry to the classroom. An enthusiastic iPad user imagines
(on a website) an environment free of paper in the coming days,
if the iPads are here to stay.
He dreams of a world where books will become archaic and one
will need to buy e-books alone. Of course iPad will replace several
books in a handful of expensive schools and colleges but the concept
of a paper free environment sounds merely an exaggeration of the
features that are built in its software. However, it has already
started proving helpful to students in many ways.
When its looks are considered, the best advantage a student can
see at first is the light weight baggage which he has to carry
to school. Also the length and width of its screen does not hinder
the student's view of a teacher in a classroom, much like the
laptop or other similar gazettes do.
Some students are more comfortable not writing on paper, and
also need to work on computers for a long time, iPad is a boon
for these students. With its ten hour battery back up (as it has
been promised) it is always at the beck and call of a student
even if he doesn't find a power outlet. Also its various applications
enables a student to avail the best offered to him.
For ex- applications like, Periodic Tables of elements, inclinometer
(which finds the angle of inclination of any angle), human anatomy,
World Factbook, constitution on iPad are easily available to students
for a few bucks Not only for the grown up college and school students,
iPad is also helpful for tiny tots learning the basics of their
An iPad application Teach me: Kindergarten teaches the kids basic
addition and subtraction through amusing communication with them.
It also lets them learn a number of spellings by producing various
sounds. In this case one can also notice how the role of a teacher
may become obsolete. Also, despite of the applications for students,
they do face some problems while using the gazette. Mostly the
problems are of unavailability of the e-books for their respective
courses. And because of this they end up taking their heavy text
books to school even after using an iPad. That makes the entire
However, this is sure to improve in coming days as more and more
firms are deciding to publish e-books version as well. One can
buy an iPad depending on its storage capacity which is available
in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. The more the space will be the more
efficient will be the iPad with a number of applications installed
on it. iPad is still not recommended as a must- have for students
but in the offing, the scenario is liable reach this stage as