Apple’s iPad is about to become a mainstay in education throughout San Diego, California.
According to ABC News in Southern California, 26,000 Apple iPads will arrive in San Diego Unified School District classrooms this fall. The move is being hailed as “one of the largest iPad deployments for K-12 schools in the country.”
Educational applications are already available for tablets like the iPad, but iBooks turn reading, writing and arithmetic into an interactive experience. The iBooks allow students to highlight, turn notes into study cards and receive teacher updates.
The $15 million purchase will fill 340 classrooms with iPads. Students in the 5th grade, 8th grade, and some high schoolers will get the second-generation Apple tablets.
“I think over the next five years, virtually every school system will be implementing this kind of a strategy,” says Scott Drossos, senior vice president of Pearson Education.
Amanda Ferguson, a developer of iBooks for Pearson, agrees.
“The more engaging the content is, the more the students want to be in there; They want to be reading, they want to be learning,” Ferguson says.