Schools Say: iPads Motivate Kids To Learn

Schools Say: iPads Motivate Kids To Learn

Remember those days when you didn’t want to go to school? Mondays. Rainy days. Exam time.

What if they’d told you it was “iPad Day?” You’d be up and atom with your lunchbox, pronto.

Teachers at three elementary schools in South Carolina say that thanks to the iPad, keeping kids focused on formerly “boring” subjects isn’t a problem.

“We’re golden. I mean look at them. They’re engaged. They are ready to go. They will practice math all day long,” said fifth grade teacher Jennifer Johnson as she handed out iPads to her  students for a scintillating lesson on working with decimals.

Kids now look out for the gray iPad cart in the classroom (like older generations used to watch for the film projector?) to indicate that it’s going to be fun day.

Teachers swear iPads aren’t all fun and games – time on Apple’s magical device is limited and apps are strictly used for lessons. Aside from math, apps like Storykit provide them with less passive learning for subjects like history, prompting them to reiterate the lessons with text and drawings.

Administrators say the iPads serve not only as a teaching tool, but as a motivator. Staff tell a story of a student who told his parent he “had to go to school” because he knew it was iPad day in one of his classes.

“It is neat to see the kids motivated. They just feed off of it. They love it. They’re excited about learning,” reading teacher Megan Charles said.

Via WCNC

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  • Bhflatter

    It should be “up and at ‘em” not atom :-)

  • c.t

    Or it could be “up and at them” instead.

  • George Wedding

    “You’d be up and atom with your lunchbox, pronto.”

    Sheesh. How is it that a professional writer can mangle the English language and such a simple and common colloquial phrase like this? And how can an editor miss such an error? As other have said, it should NOT be “up and atom” but rather, should be “up and at ‘em” or “up and at them.”

    Lord, please save us from these young technophiles and deliver unto us more wordsmiths.

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  • MadHedgeFundTrader

    Analysts continue to be stunned
    by the rate at which cash is rolling into Apple (AAPL). At current cash flows,
    the company’s hoard is expected to grow from $81 billion to $120 billion by
    next June, an increase of nearly $200 million a day!

    Let’s face it. Apple has had a great, decade long run. Hundreds of my readers,
    many of them Apple employees, are faced with the enviable problem that, having
    ridden the stock up from $4 to $400, they have too much of their wealth
    concentrated in a single asset. That is never a good idea from a risk control
    point of view. But every time I look for reasons to sell Apple, I find three
    more reasons to buy it. It’s a case of the grass being greener on my side of
    the fence.
    It all reinforces my view that Apple shares will reach my long term target of
    $1,000 sooner than anyone thinks. It is already trading places with Exxon (XOM)
    as the world’s largest company and most profitable company on an almost weekly
    basis. At $1,000, Apple would boast a market value of $930 billion, accounting
    for 7.5% of total US stock market capitalization, and 40% of NASDAQ.

    What if multiples expand, as they should? Take Apple stock up to its past peak
    multiple of 36, and the company would be worth $2.8 trillion and rank 5th
    in the world in GDP, more than France, and just behind German. Wow!

    The Mad Hedge Fund Trader

  • VGISoftware

    Hey, Nicole! You’ve had all day to fix your “up and atom” goof. How ’bout it sister?

  • Adamsjb 826

    “up and atom” is a Simpsons joke. Worst. Commenters. Ever.

  • cassandralite

    You’re giving her too much.  Believe me, that’s not what she meant.

  • doro86

    New generation children are very lucky really we don’t have these iPads those days, by this method they can learn easily either the syllabus or about the technology also.

  • Andrei

    Ah, just heart-warming… Aren’t we just a great country again, where kids go to school for “fun day”? No wonder… 

  • Brandon Dillon

    This is a blog. Not a newspaper. Calm down about typos.

  • jdog25

    Kids also love my Android tablet.

  • Richardb

    It was the same thing when we were at school when it came down to computer day! The difference of course is that rather than having one or two computers per class, here there are almost an iPad per child. That makes individualized creation and learning, even as part of a group activity, so much more powerful.

  • Flynn Mckenna

    this is a wonderful point. i love this. my favorite part is the first sentence :) keep writing! i wish we had ipads at our school

  • Flynn Mckenna

    wtf u need to stop crushing peoples dreams

  • Flynn Mckenna

    FAvorite!!!!

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