The California school year is just starting, and more parents are involved with their children preparation in acquiring new tools set like pencil, pen or geometry set for next academic year. But it seems for most schools in this case where the four schools districts in California are instead going for highly advanced device. These four lucky school districts are receiving iPads for their Algebra 1 classes. Now gone are those days where the students has to prepare freshly sharpened pencils and notebooks of paper.
According to Fresnobee.com, Kings Canyon and Sequoia Middle school in the Fresno school district, along with schools in Long Beach, San Francisco, and Riverside school districts, will be receiving the iPad in lieu of traditional textbooks. The motive behind this idea is to see if the iPad can improve test scores where traditional teaching methods have failed. An Algebra 1 app produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be on the iPad and used as a teaching tool. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is also subsidizing the full cost of the iPad.
The Algebra app are designed to adopt with the students use of homework, note-taking, quizzes and possibly testing. The app includes tutorial videos that can help students at home and automatically lets teachers know how students are progressing.
For now we can only said that it is the beginning of iPad in schools and I am very sure that other schools will follow suit. Moreover, the iPad makes for a better interactive experience than a traditional netbook. Only question right now is do you think technologies like this will improve test scores?