It seems Apple’s strategy to advocate iPads as an essential learning tool in the education sector is beginning to take effect, as one Australian private school has made the tablet a requirement for its students.
St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney has just announced that the iPad will form part of its curriculum for students in grades 7-10, advising parents that their children must own an iPad as of next year, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald.
The school believes that hard-copy textbooks will be phased out, in favour of ebooks over the next few years and has introduced iPads to students to help offset the cost. In addition, it says, the new system will eliminate the task of students carrying heavy materials such as laptops and books in their bags.
”I reckon the maths textbook is actually, like, 10 kilograms,” 14-year-old Helena Salomon told SMH.
”It’s like weights training,” said fellow student Harry Sanderson.
Other schools are following suit, SMH notes, with iPads and other tablets being adopted in a move toward digital learning systems. Macworld Australia reported on Melbourne school Brighton Grammar’s launch of a smartphone app for parents last year, as mobile technology becomes increasingly more popular within broader aspects of learning communities.
To find out more about other digital offerings by Apple such as iTunes U, see our full feature; Classrooms without borders.