Laurel Hill School iPads proving their worth

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Laurel Hill School seniors Garrett Alford, left, and Alex Carr work with their school-issued iPads during a recent honors English class.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM.

LAUREL HILL — With iPad tablet computers integrated into their curriculum, Laurel Hill School’s high school students are a step ahead of their peers in most of the rest of the county. Okaloosa School District technology administrator Eric Mitchell selected the school at the north end of the county for a pilot digital learning program through which every high school student in the school received a district-owned iPad.

With the fall semester ending, teachers and kids say the tablets have become integral parts of their teaching and learning experience.

“We just love them,” history teacher Ashley Miller said. “They’re helpful in our presentations. Students don’t have to compete for computer lab time, and they can use Keynote on their iPad to do presentations.”

“Have you ever … observed only a few computers in a computer lab that students are forced to fight over? Not anymore,” senior Chelsea Smith wrote in an essay for English teacher YonNeisha Williams. “Students get to have their own personal computers at their desks.”

“In my class, specifically, I do a lot of projects on the iPads,” Miller said. “I do Historical Scene Investigation. It’s similar to CSI, but in our class they might look up, for example, who fired the first shot in the Boston Massacre. They have to go on the iPad to do the research using five or six documents.

“Other teachers are doing similar things. I know the science classes are doing all the paperwork that goes with their experiments right there on their iPad.”

Students say the iPad helps them take better notes and produce their own study aids.

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