iPads reshape student learning


By Abbigail Wilson and Erin O’Farrell

Sophomore Haley Byrnes walks into class and slides into her seat. As other students enter, the projector flashes on. Their teacher walks them through a presentation and Byrnes quickly takes notes. Others follow her lead, while some muffle yawns and have their heads resting in their hands.

As of this year, FC decided to enrich their students’ learning through iPads. Sophomores are the first to receive them and juniors will receive them in January.

“iPads will be better because it will be easier to take notes and read,” Byrnes said.

Junior Kaili Smith said iPads benefit a student’s ability to process and record information from their teachers.

“I think it will make learning easier because more information will be stored all in one place and be more easily accessible,” said Smith.

Science teacher Brandon Sisson said iPads will benefit students that have a tough time in school. 

“Kids will gain access to notes very easily,” said Sisson. “That way, the kid that has a hard time writing everything down and keeping up with the class will be able to have notes to help themselves learn information and study at night.”

In comparison to Sisson, English teacher Anne Martin said iPads can assist struggling students.

“To me, it is simply a tool to help us all learn together more efficiently because it can happen in various paces. There are also some tools that will help them check their understanding,” said Martin.

Despite the movement towards iPads, textbooks are still considered a necessity because only sophomores and juniors are receiving them.

“I think that books aren’t totally going away yet, especially since not everyone is getting iPads,” said Sisson. “I can see a movement away from books once everyone has iPads, but there is still a lot to figure out in terms of digital copies of books.”

Science teacher C.J. Jackson said iPads have potential outside of their potential effects on the use of textbooks.

“It just opens up new possibilities to presenting information and completing labs. You can use more creativity within certain areas,” said Jackson.

Senior Ben Carpenter explained his reaction from finding out that seniors would not be receiving the iPads, sharing his dismay. 

“I am confused on why sophomores and juniors get them and not upperclassmen,” said Carpenter. “It would have been a good resource and I am a little disappointed by it.”

With the use of iPads, Martin said FC can move closer to their goal of having students more engaged in learning.

“Students are applying their knowledge on a daily basis and students are talking about what they are learning while they are interacting with other learners. I think that this tech piece allows students to do that more often in class and outside of class,” said Martin.

Byrnes had the same opinion as Martin about iPads giving students more opportunities.

“The world is becoming technologically advanced and the students are used to it,” said Byrnes. “Overall, I think school will be the same thing but with a new way of teaching. Students will be happier using them.”

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