Florida High School First to Give Students iPads Instead of Textbooks
Lake Minneola High School in Central Florida will be giving all 1,750 students iPads instead of textbooks this fall.
Lake Minneola is also officially the coolest public high school in the country now.
School administrators tapped into $700,000 in capital funding as part of a state pilot program designed to save money on textbooks as well as provide a new approach to education. As part of the program the school must report costs and savings associated with the program as well as how the tablets influenced student learning.
The Lake Minneola project is part of a larger plan in which all Florida public schools will have adopted digital textbooks and instruction materials by the year 2015. Lake Minneola teachers have already started planning lessons via the numerous educational apps and iBook-formatted textbooks.
Other Florida schools will no doubt be watching the progress of Lake Minneola throughout the year to see if the digital transition pays off or if the students devolve into Angry Bird and Zynga drones (yes the iPads will be locked so students can't install their own apps, but that can only prevent so much).
Source: Sun Sentinel