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  • 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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Florida High School First to Give Students iPads Instead of Textbooks started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      You know, back in my day all we had were old text books and a black chalk board! Wish we had iPads back in the days in my high school years! c/o 2007!
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      People are always amazed when they see him use it. But I am sure behind my back they are talking crap. "oh he doesn't need to play with that". Bun u know why, he does learn stuff from the educational apps and he does not play with the iPad constantly. But when he does play with it I rarely have to make him play the educational games be does it all by himself. He does watch the occasional Elmo or sesame street shows tho.
      Welcome to the world of obesity 
    1. lilrican21's Avatar
      lilrican21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by christopherjason View Post
      i kno all my highschool text books cost about 400-600 for the full semester if i lost them, 100 calculator, 100 in supply's (pens paper binder backpack Ect) idk spend the 800 on a iPad that will do all that and last more then 1 semester worth while
      Oh jailbreak we neec you lol. Watch kids will jailbreak this with redsnow lol!
    1. Atzok's Avatar
      Atzok -
      What school district in Mississippi? my wife is a teacher in Indiana and is looking for other teachers with technology in the class room for a project she is working on. Thanks.......
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Wow. CT schools can't even afford to keep teachers employed. I bet 25% of these kids will break them too.
    1. Zinnanda's Avatar
      Zinnanda -
      nice

      but i know at least one school here in Sweden that have this and had it for about a year now.
    1. Subtenko's Avatar
      Subtenko -
      dagonit....I wish I had an ipad in school. younger generations will have it made with all the incoming conveniences they receive. I wish the education system was smarter and more social and understanding.
    1. Stumbows's Avatar
      Stumbows -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      My son is 2 and has been using the iPad since he was 1 and he loves it, and knows how to use it all by himself! He has his own games, books, educational apps, on there and he even knows how to get into netflix and navigate around and pick what movie or cartoon he wants to watch. its quite amazing. Slides to unlock and everything.
      Yea my 3yr old is the same.. I have to hide it from him at times otherwise when I get to it there could be 20 more games on it from the app store! And he has been using my iPhone to play games and listen to music.. Even knows how to look up the music he wants on YouTube for the last 18 months or so. His grandmother who has never even looked in the direction of a computer watches him and is amazed by it all but in our house it's just the norm haha.
    1. spaciorek's Avatar
      spaciorek -
      Actually a School in my County announced this 2 months ago Danville, In.

      http://www.wthr.com/story/14878132/d...oks-for-ipads:)
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      My one and only point: The amount of tax payer dollars wasted here was astronomical.

      Quote Originally Posted by christopherjason View Post
      i kno all my highschool text books cost about 400-600 for the full semester if i lost them, 100 calculator, 100 in supply's (pens paper binder backpack Ect) idk spend the 800 on a iPad that will do all that and last more then 1 semester worth while
      HOLY CRAPOLA BRO! my text books are only about $80-$120! where on earth did you go to school!?
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ash3s2012 View Post
      Welcome to the world of obesity 
      Wow thats a very rude thing to say. Or even try and speculate that we are obese. There is nothing wrong with stimulating the mind with the games and flashcards that are on the iPad. There are tons of them. My son is not on it 24 hrs a day. I read books to him with it and he knows all of his shapes and lots of his colors because of the iPad. Dont be a jerk.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      My one and only point: The amount of tax payer dollars wasted here was astronomical.
      Thank you, what a freaking waste! I'm glad that the money that uncle sam takes out of my paycheck every two weeks is going to give 1,700 kids something to go on Facebook with during class.
    1. Megaorange's Avatar
      Megaorange -
      Yes because schools don't have site filters on their wifi/router
    1. capufo's Avatar
      capufo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imahottguy View Post
      Thank you, what a freaking waste! I'm glad that the money that uncle sam takes out of my paycheck every two weeks is going to give 1,700 kids something to go on Facebook with during class.
      It says that this Ipads are locked if not the schools will be able to learn with try and error.
    1. bingo24's Avatar
      bingo24 -
      Thats awesome..unluckily they don't test it here in Germany

      But how would they write their class test? Also on the iPad?? Would b nice
    1. Jacobh4's Avatar
      Jacobh4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xXDrizzyyXx View Post
      Very excited about this hopefully I'll be able to use one in school before I graduate in 2014.
      Ikr! I graduate in 2014 but I doubt they'll have it before I graduate where I live!
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      Quote Originally Posted by exnavy View Post
      here comes the next generation of excuses:

      Sorry teacher, i forgot to charge my ipad last night.

      The dog ate my cord.

      roflmao!!!!! So true!!!!!
    1. steeda763's Avatar
      steeda763 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z6joker9 View Post
      Our local public school (yes, in Mississippi) assigned MacBooks to all of the students. Middle and high school at least. The teachers got MBPs. They are all insured against damage and loss. iPads would be no different- in fact, cheaper. Not to mention the cost savings associated with no physical textbooks.
      What part of NE Mississippi? I lived in Columbus for 7 years (was in the Air Force), and I've got friends from all over the area.

      As for the iPad expense to the tax payers -- I'm all for it and whatnot, but shouldn't we be concentrating on correcting the pay scale for teachers first? Well, unless we plan on replacing them with iPads too...
    1. z6joker9's Avatar
      z6joker9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steeda763 View Post
      What part of NE Mississippi? I lived in Columbus for 7 years (was in the Air Force), and I've got friends from all over the area.
      Tupelo; about 45 minutes north of Columbus. Been to the base many times as a youth in Civil Air Patrol!
    1. steeda763's Avatar
      steeda763 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z6joker9 View Post
      Tupelo; about 45 minutes north of Columbus. Been to the base many times as a youth in Civil Air Patrol!
      Haha I used to set up the PA systems for you guys every summer while you were doing your thing on the north end of the runway at the SAC Alert facility (parade maybe?). Were you one of the ones that had to stay in that place? I remember walking through once or twice thinking I was on set for a Resident Evil film. Either way...wow, small world.

      Btw, I visited Tupelo quite often. Saw many concerts at Bancorp South Center, you had the closest mall to Columbus, and the tattoo shop on Main was pretty popular with the people on base (though I only went to Coon in West Point).