Literacy levels in some areas of the country are not at the level that they should be, teachers have difficulties with un motivated kids in some places. Whatever the reasons, parents that could care less, financial inequalities of a neighbourhood leading parents to not have the time they would like to devote to the children. A literary level that is at 60% when it should be higher than 90%, lagging behind due to social problems and a no investment in a district.
At least now there are some individuals, maybe local politicians that want to change things and have seen that kids will want to improve, when technology is there for them. It is not difficult to see how the faces and minds of children light up when they have the possibilities that they iPad puts in front of them, especially in comparison to normal school work. Adults get just as amazed and impressed with picking up an iPad and seeing how it can be used for learning, working and for creativity. Adults are passing on their amazement at the capabilities of the new technology to the kindergarten classes and also to the teachers.
One child in a classroom was having difficulty with learning the alphabet letters. An iPad was handed to him with an app that was specifically for learning sounds and letters. Within days the lad had learned at least 12 of the letters of the alphabet and not long after knew all of the letters. The boy could return to the classroom having caught up with the rest of the class and do the level of class there rest were doing.
Already some middle schools have been handing out laptops to pupils in schools. Especially the boys that were previously not too interested in school work became engaged in learning. A complete revelation for teachers too, to see that the child that was having problems being turned around by using a tool like the iPad. Lazy children can’t come up with the phrase “I’m bored” when really they were just being lazy and uninterested in school work.
The Apple iPad is the first to the market with a good usable tablet computer and they have learned quickly also of how the iPad can be used. Apple will loan out iPads for the parents, teachers and school committee members to look at play with. Using a finger to make things happen on a tablet computer, doesn’t take too much working out and the most anti or unwilling people with regards to computer use, come around easily.
A game changer is how the iPad has been described, and that is true. Some children would not get the chance to use an iPad and for those that do get the chance to use one in school do better that they would have done. Not just for the pupils that are struggling but accelerated learning too for the the whole student population. It is a sight to behold, a group of six year olds enjoying the things that you can do with an iPad and still be learning at the same time.