With all of today’s technological distractions, one would think that having an iPad at every student’s disposal would cause further commotion.
But in Debbie Dawe’s environmental science class, iPads keep the BEST and TSPN students on task.
“It’s really sweet,” said Molly, a Hadley-Luzerne sophomore. “I have a hard time paying attention when I’m looking at a book. This is interactive, so it gets my attention.”
That’s a good thing as the iPad has replaced the environmental science textbook. Initially, the BEST and TSP North teachers decided to purchase iPads and upload textbooks onto them as it was more cost effective -- $75 for a printed book versus a $15 digital book.
But what science teachers Mrs. Dawe (BEST) and Nancy Johanson (TSPN) have discovered is that the iPad textbooks are wonderfully effective teaching tools.
“There are so many bells and whistles, things that a textbook just can’t do,” said Mrs. Dawe.
Olivia, a Johnsburg senior, demonstrated some. She showed how she easily highlights vocabulary words, finds the answer to chapter questions and animates photos into videos or three-dimensional images. Students can also locate specific chapters and pages much quicker on the iPad than in a traditional book.
Mrs. Dawe is just as enthusiastic as her students.
“I’m thrilled with them,” she said. “It’s changed my life and I see that the students are doing better in science because they are more engaged.”