iPad to help build a digital classroom experience. Since most schools are jumping on the digital bandwagon, are iPads necessary tools for education? Let’s find out: From entertainment to education Tablet PCs like the iPad were primarily used as devices for mobile entertainment. With the growth of next generation mobile networks like Verizon Wireless, people are getting hooked on the portable tablet craze. Since tablets had bigger screens and faster processors, watching movies and playing games were more enjoyable. The “Tablet Generation” was born and the iPad was the gadget of choice, with over 80% of mobile PC sales in 2012. Due to the rising popularity of the iPad, educators now began to focus on this small, yet, powerful machine. It was time to harness technology and use it as a valuable tool for teachers and students. With this, the iPad ushered in a technological revolution in the education sector. Preparing them for a tech-savvy future The current generation of students is getting more tech-savvy as more devices are being developed. Nowadays, students can’t live without their smartphones and tablets. Since the Apple’s tablet can be a powerful tool in changing the educational system, almost 1,000 iPad units have already been used in several schools for their 1:1 learning programs. Schools in the Auburn School District in Maine and the Foxcroft Academy in Dover shifted to the eBook. According to the students, using the iPad helped them learn their lessons better and interact more with their peers. If schools start teaching proper etiquette and usage of these smart devices, students will be prepared for a tech-savvy future. Encouraging engagement through technology Each student has his or her own personality. Some can be a handful while others sit in a corner, keeping things to themselves. But the iPad can be a great tool in encouraging students to voice out their opinions or to just simply talk to one another. Apps like the Recorder can be used in any situation in class. Creating content through various apps can also help students work with each other. By sharing their thoughts and ideas through various apps, it would be easier for them to communicate and express their ideas with each other. Taking the classroom outside and beyond its four walls Slim, light-weight, and it has a good battery life—these are the best features of an iPad, making it the ideal learning device outside the classroom. Learning doesn’t end after school. It’s best to encourage students to apply what they learned outside the classroom. Assign projects that will give them a chance to be creative, like taking pictures, or creating music as their assignments. They can now harness different apps and have fun completing theirs after school work. This will make them well-rounded students, ready for the future that awaits them. Are you ready to shift your classroom to the iPad experience? Tell us your thoughts about this topic. About the Author Reese Jones is a UK-based writer with a passion for sports, films, art and design and keeping up-to-date with companies like Amazon and IBM.