“It’s midmorning and the faces of the students in Tim Wesmiller’s religious studies class are bathed in the baby-blue glow of their iPad screens,” Patrick May reports for SiliconValley.com.
“Faculty and students in this two-year iPad pilot project at Archbishop Mitty High School say this is the future of education,” May reports. “‘The richness and potential here is much greater than just e-books,’ Principal Tim Brosnan says. “The students have embraced the idea that learning happens not just in class but at home and anywhere else they can go online. The iPad’s not some magic pill, but seeing students collaborate on them seems to add more life to the learning process.”
May reports, “For the past two school years, Mitty’s pilot project has put Apple’s popular tablets in the hands of 250 students in 14 classes. Next fall the school will rent an iPad for all 1,680 students and 104 teachers, putting Mitty at the vanguard of a quickening trend toward digitalized education. ‘What’s coming this fall is huge, and I think you’ll see it happening in every school across the country in the next five years,’ Brosnan says. ‘It’s almost as if the iPad was the device we were all waiting for.’”