iPad use is explored at two Hillsborough middle+ schools
The decision in 2011 to buy iPads for two single-gender middle schools was not without controversy. The purchase amounted to $900,000 including training. More tablets had to be purchased the following year, for $300,000.
How much use have they gotten?
Plenty, according to a report circulated this week.
Surveys showed students at Franklin Boys Preparatory School and Ferrell Girls Preparatory School use the tablets daily.
More than 90 percent who responded use them to create class presentations at least once a week. More than half use them to read news articles or books at least once a week. More than 60 percent use them to research class topics once a week, and more than 80 percent do so once a month.
Citing research, district officials said the devices improve students' writing and help them organize their material.
More than 200 apps were approved for the 2012-2013 school year. Those most commonly used include: WebDAV, which accesses files; UPAD, for note taking; Keynote, for creating presentations; iMovie, for creating movies; and, of course, Kindle for reading books.