If you are a fan of Apple devices such as the iPhone 3G S, the iPhone 4, and the iPad, here is another reason to admire the brand even more. A school district in the state of Maine in the USA has announced that it will be spending $200,000.00 for a bulk order of Apple’s iPad 2. The tablets will be used as a learning tool for kindergarten students.
This is truly the high-tech generation. By august of this year, one of the school districts in the city of Auburn, Maine, is planning to provide close to 300 of the next generation Apple tablets to their kindergarten students. To be used as a tool for learning, the tablets will make use of hundreds of learning apps, which are available on Apple’s App Store.
The tablets will not only be used in the school premises; the students will also be allowed to bring them home probably for homework and other school related activities. However, it is also highly probable that the kids will not be the only people enjoying the slate in their homes. Dad or mom might forget that their kid’s iPad 2 was meant to give their kids an edge in school; not for downloading a recipe or checking out golf gear.
The main goal of the tablets and learning applications is to increase the literacy level of the district from the current 62% to a 90% target on 2013. According to the school’s superintendent, the use of the tablets is an unconventional teaching method, which will redefine teaching methods in the years to come.
This is not new to the state of Maine. Back in 2000, the city’s governor proposed that thousands of 7th grade students and teachers should each be given an iBook. The current program involving the iPad 2 is geared to make other school districts around the US follow suit if successful. Hopefully, other nations follow suit as well.