The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Canvass or The Seven Hills School.
In 2011, Seven Hills began an iPad pilot program to explore the advantages and disadvantages of iPads in sixth and ninth grade classrooms. For the 2012-2013 school year, the program was expanded to the entire middle and upper schools, and iPads were given to all students in grades six through twelve to use as a learning tool. Six months into the school year, students and teachers weigh in on the usefulness of iPads in the classroom. Read the full debate by clicking on the title links.
Senior Priyanka Parameswaran.
Responsible use of technology and self control will come with age and maturity. For now, keep the iPads at home so students learn to pay attention to critical moments in class, even when their minds begin to wander. Help students build better habits for the future in a distraction-free environment.
Senior Katherine King.
The iPad program introduces new technology into the classroom and is cohesive with the school’s goal of creating “future-ready learners.” However, the iPads are eliminating the last of the students’ technology-free time. Now, the devices teach students to ignore their surroundings, and to develop a lack of respects for classmates and teachers.
Senior Cullen Deimer.
Students should take it upon themselves to find creative uses for the iPad instead of waiting for specific assignments from each teacher. iPads can make school work more organized and efficient with note taking apps, and lighten the backpack load with electronic copies of handouts and textbooks.
Freshmen Bennett Smith.
Students reach for their iPads during class because the connection to other people through instant messaging or the internet provides an instant gratification. As teenagers, seeking this instant reward often wins out over giving the class full attention. However, we cannot remove technology from the classroom because is vital in our everyday lives. So, we must work to find a healthy balance.
Junior Gregory Sun.
With the increasing speed of access to information, productivity can be multiplied. But, distraction can be amplified as well. iPads are not the source of distraction, but an aid. If students are passionate about a subject, the class will interest the student more than the content on the iPad, and the iPad will not be a source of distraction.
Upper English Teacher Nate Gleiner.
The introduction of the iPad has allowed teaching and learning in my classroom to function more efficiently and productively. Students now take reading quizzes in Socrative, submit essays to ebackpack.com, and review research paper assignments in Goodreader. While the iPads pose a potential distraction, Seven Hills have never shied away from empowering our students with responsibility.
See the results of the Student Survey Here.
Photos By Cullen Deimer.