One-to-One Ipads

On my way to Florida over this February break, I happened to sit next to my high school principal. However, he nows works at a prep school in a different part of the state. As we started a discussion about technology in the classroom, he shared with me that his high school just started, one-to-one ipads. As the article explains in more depth ( although this is not the school he teaches at) one-to-one ipads is essentially giving every student an ipad to use throughout the day. The teachers use it mostly for research and textbooks, but the students in his school have access to the internet and games. My principal told me that the hallways are now silent. Instead of everyone catching up on stories before class or goofing around in the hallway, everyone is on their ipads playing games. He was not sure if this use of technology was teaching a healthy social life for these teens.

However, like the article states, maybe with more guidelines and restrictions, these ipads can be seen and used only as educational tools. While it is one-to-one, this should not necessarily mean each student has free range of the ipad for games, movies, etc. It was very interesting speaking with him and I was excited to hear about what types of technology are being used in the upper grades as well!



  1. nikkipulito · February 24, 2015

    I think I was unclear when I posted that “teachers use it for textbooks and research.” The whole ideology around 1:1 ipads is that the teachers and students can be connected through technology. Almost like an interactive Sakai, teachers can post certain things to the ipads and the class can see them. They can use videos, presentations, etc to ignite conversation among the whole class, individuals or groups. But more importantly, the students can respond back and share their own ideas with teachers and peers. It is meant to improve communication and connections between faculty and students as well as students and peers. This is why the question of gaming and distractions is such a concern to certain schools and teachers. How can we keep the students engaged and interested, without using an ample amount of class time reminding students to stay off certain sites or games?


  2. mzipke · February 24, 2015

    Great! I hope you will tell us more in class.


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