Laurel Hill School iPads proving their worth

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM.

“With my teachers’ permission, of course, I can record the entire class period and watch it whenever I need to,” senior Garrett Alford wrote. “The iPad also displays and records the teacher better than I can take notes, which makes it a lot easier for me to understand.”

By taking quizzes on their iPads, students provide teachers with real-time feedback so they can review problem areas that might require extra instruction, Miller said.

“I can project my quiz up on the screen,” she said. “It can show how they’re doing in real time so I can say, ‘Oh, I had better review that.’”

“With my iPad, I know right when I submit an assignment what I made on that certain assignment,” Garrett said. “The teachers don’t have to work as hard and the students are even more satisfied.”

The iPads’ ability to store multiple textbooks has also lightened the daily load in a student’s backpack. As an added benefit, Laurel Hill School Principal Susan Lowery-Sexton noted, the books update as necessary, negating the need to buy new books.

“The state has been telling us we’re going to have to be testing more in computers and they want us to move toward digital books because they’re cheaper,” she said. “Plus, we can update texts easier electronically.”

“English teachers can download books … and students can access iBooks to read their books,” senior Kasey Trunk said. “This allows students to highlight and write notes in the books, but because it is not a physical book, it does not vandalize the material. This makes it easier for students to remember the things they highlight and note.”



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