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The Debate on School iPads

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Juniors Macey Mitchell, Ashley and Katie Reel use their iPads in Mr. Brull's Athletic Study Skills.

Juniors Macey Mitchell, Ashley and Katie Reel use their iPads in Mr. Brull's Athletic Study Skills.

Juniors Macey Mitchell, Ashley and Katie Reel use their iPads in Mr. Brull's Athletic Study Skills.

Megan Ledwick, Reporter

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This school year is now the third consecutive year that Summerville has given iPads to their students. As time has progressed, kids began to misuse the iPads and their functions, resulting in limiting the use of the iPads.

One of the major issues that the staff battled with was the students downloading and playing games on their iPads in class. For many teachers, it was difficult to differentiate students that were playing games from those typing out an English assignment. Teachers then began to limit the iPad use in class or make it mandatory to have it flat on the desks at all times.

The following years, the iPads came back with an abundance of restrictions that annoyed much of the students, and some staff.

Senior William Antinetti stated, “The restrictions on them inhibit a lot of the access that would be important. It takes too long to get something approved for a teacher.”

With the iPads being introduced, students talk how their curriculum has become based around the iPads and its functions.

Junior Rachel Tyler said, “It’s easy to have access to all my assignments but I feel like we never use a pen and a paper anymore.”

Opinions of the iPad still seem to waver, but for some, they find them extremely helpful.

Freshman Widow Nolen stated, “I am about to go to Texas and if I didn’t have my iPad the I wouldn’t be able to do my work and I would miss a lot of important work.”

While iPads do have many limitations, they still benefit many students. It is a way to help students with work that they may have missed or if they do not have access to a computer at home.

Even though many disagree and they are deemed as useless, the iPads have broadened people’s technological views and abilities.

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The Debate on School iPads