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High School Art Teacher from Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Andrew, What a wonderful

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Andrew,
What a wonderful transition in teaching and learning to witness first hand. Using the iBook app to distribute teacher created texts, student handbook, and other student reference materials throughout the year seems not only brilliant, but also eco friendly and surely long term cost effective. In many districts in the Chicago-land area, the iBook is being piloted by Special Education Programs, but the potential benefits reach far beyond Special Education Services Programs. As our students are more connected than ever to their iPhones and digital media devices, it makes me wonder why education has lagged so in partnering with apple/kindle. A student’s relationship to family and friends has for a decade been linked to such media devices. This cultural shift in the way we communicate with each other and access information has already produced a difference in how our students learn. It gives me hope to see strides like yours in addressing 21st century learning with the present.
Juan Medina

High School Math, Physics and Computers Teacher from Michigan

Andrew, My school is hoping

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Andrew,
My school is hoping to convert to iPads too. We currently have a pharmacy program that has a class set of iPads and some of our staff got them. I was one of the few to receive one. My principal is working on getting it to project on the board so I can use apps like "Show Me" to write on for my students. I am so excited for this change in technology!
Tanya

Social Studies Teacher

This is great!

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Andrew,
I received a Kindle as a birthday gift a few years back. After playing with it for about two months, I was having a conversation with my department chair about how they would be a great resource for students at the school to use for their text books instead of carrying around at backpack that weighs 20 plus pounds. The eReaders and IPads have dictionaries built into them, making access to information easier. The implementation your district is doing is one of the greatest implementations I have read about in a long time. I also like how you are allowing teachers to create their own classroom resources, pulling them away from the texts that often lack the ability to inspire excitement about learning. I am looking forward to updates about the process.
Stephanie

Instructional Technology Specilist - Community College

Andrew, What a fantastic

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Andrew,
What a fantastic story! I will continue to follow your district progress over the next months. I think it's fantastic that the teachers will be creating their own content for the students. The costs (and weight) of textbooks have become increasingly exorbitant where cost per semester for a full time college student equals the cost of one credit or more. A message needs to be sent. Hopefully, when your students get to college, they will have the technology skills they need to help them succeed. This is an interesting phenomenon that we are currently seeing on our campus, recent high school graduates who seriously lack basic computer skills, such as file management and word processing. This affects the older, non-traditional students as well, with the lack of technology skills is getting in the way of learning because they can't complete assignments which require knowledge of word processing. I congratulate you on your move, and I wish you the best!

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Andrew,
Thank you for sharing. I am currently teaching in a district that in two years is looking to be completely 1:1. Ahh! As a second grade teacher it is completely nerve racking to think about. I love the idea but see some problems with trying to teach a student to read using an IPad. Do you know if there is a way to lock the page when a student is reading? As young students being reading they use their finger to track the word and if they do it will turn the page. I think it's great that you actually have plans for the staff before they are required to teach with it. Usually we get it and then have to figure it out on our own. Thank you again for sharing I'll be checking on the provided sites you left.
Sara

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