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6th grade English/Language Arts Teacher from Chestertown, MD

All the students in my school

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All the students in my school got to take their school distributed ipod touches home last year. (That is if their parent signed a release form.) We had class sets that they could use if they forgot it at home or broke them (which many of them did.)

For the students that did not have internet at home, they could take snapshots of assignments or sites that they needed to use for homework. It seems like a hassle, but ended up being very easy to do. They got use to making sure they had all the information saved before they left class.

This year they aren't allowed to take them home, but we do have the class set, all synced with the same apps. If they can sync the apps, I'm sure they can sync the text books. We haven't dabbled in itexts yet, but it sounds like it is a lot more affordable if the technology is already in place.

Here are the things that I

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Here are the things that I wonder:

1. What happens when the student's iPad gets lost/stolen/broken? How do they access the itext?

2. Are all the extras (videos, links, etc) accessible without an internet connection? (many students at my school do not have internet at home)

3. If I understand correctly, each student buys their copy of the itext. This is theirs now or does the school somehow keep that and pass it to the next student that needs it? If the student keeps it, then in some cases it will actually cost the student more. (i.e. 5-year adoption times 2 for semester classes; $15x2x5 = $150. Of course, year-long classes would end up being cheaper.)

3. Which leads to my next 'wondering'...there are 1100 students in my high school. (one of 4) Each one has their own schedule, and changes happen up to a couple weeks into the semester. How do they get their itext? They have to go on iBooks and buy it themselves? (which brings me back to the students with free and reduced)

I am very intrigues by the latest development and look forward to giving this all a try. I just wonder how this will all work out and if it is as good as it sounds?!?

Principal at LaGrange Highlands Middle School

Disappointed in Apple's Announcement

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I am disappointed in Apple's philosophy about putting so many apps. and now textbooks on the ipads and not laptops. Our district has spent over a million dollars in the past three years to give our students the opportunity to use technology to its fullest in the classroom. Now Apple comes out with an announcement that $14.99 textbooks will be only available on the ipad II. This puts our students at a disadvantage because we purchased laptops to allow them to produce high tech products and presentations, as well as, "teach them the way they live" and now Apple short changes our students. :(

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Apple Matters

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On the surface the announcement almost seemed a little underwhelming, but Apple does very little that ends up underwhelming. If nothing else this should provide a model for others to streamline and follow.

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