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iPads in the Classroom

on February 3, 2014

Students using iPads in the classroomMore than 160 students in the Sharon Springs Central Schools are using iPads on a daily basis. That’s more than half of the student population.

The one-to-one iPad program, which was piloted during the 2012-13 school year, has now grown to include every student in grades 6-12 and one wireless cart for the primary grades.

The district’s educators see iPads as much more than a gadget. The one-to-one iPad program uses technology that’s already a big part of students’ lives to make them more excited about learning.

Students are using the iPads throughout the day and in a range of subjects from math, to social studies to English Language Arts. Students can participate in such features as online discussion boards and virtual field trips.

Daily use of the iPads varies depending on day, topic and goal of any given lesson. The iPads helps students gather information, and then the teachers’ instruction helps students analyze and synthesize the information.

The iPads make communication more streamlined for students and teachers as well. Students have access to their school email accounts, an online learning platform called My Big Campus, and their online textbooks right at their fingertips. Students can also save their school projects on the school’s network and they can then access them from any location. This means that students have fewer books to carry and the district saves on printing costs.

Apple Distinguished School logoSharon Springs Central Schools named Apple Distinguished Program

Sharon Springs Central School District was named an Apple Distinguished Program for its implementation of the one-to-one iPad Program in November 2013. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership.

The selection of Sharon Springs as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology.

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