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The iPad, which was introduced in 2010, and has become the fastest-growing technology to impact education ever since.

  In 1983, Steve Jobs said: 
  Apple's strategy is really simple. 
  What we want to do is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book 
  that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes ... 
  And we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don’t have to hook up
  to anything and you’re in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers. 
  While Apple has had some prior tempts to meet that goal, the iPad was truly the realization of that
  vision, 27 years later.

[edit] Why iPads?

What makes the iPad particularly beneficial to students and learning?

  • Touch Screen - the use of a touch screen removes the barrier between what the user sees and what the machine does because there is no mouse or stylus.
  • Intuitive interface that children understand with little or no instruction. Even teachers, who traditionally are reluctant learners when it comes to technology, embrace the iPad more enthusiastically than computers or laptops.
  • Free and cheap apps to customize the user experience.
  • Quick start up - They turn on and off in a second so you can take them out, do something quick and put them away without disrupting the whole class.
  • Size - even small children can easily carry and hold the iPad. It fits in any bookbag or desk.
  • Long battery life - Should last the full school day without recharging, even with heavy use.

[edit] Tips for iPads in the Classroom

  • Protect it - Get a case that protects against breaks and cracks. There are lots to choose from.
  • Get an iTunes account. Did you know that you can set up an account without a credit card to purchase free apps? Then, use an iTunes gift card if you actually want to purchase an app.
  • Get the VGA adapter to connect your iPad to your projector.

[edit] Additional Resources