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iPad in Education - A True Story

We have been reading with interest the many stories popping up around the web about iPads being used in Education in interesting and creative ways. In many cases the introduction of iPads into education establishments has been as a pilot, limited to certain groups of students or subject areas.

One story that we have really enjoyed following and one which we wanted to make sure you knew about is the project at Cedars School of Excellence, an independent school in Greenock, Scotland whose pupils are aged 5-17 years.

Cedars has undertaken the first 1:1 deployment of the iPad for their pupils. With just 105 pupils this may not seem like much, but the logistics of managing, maintaining and updating this many iPads is a fun but extremely challenging problem to face.

Frasier Spiers is the developer behind some of our favourite and most used bits of software, namely FlickrExport for Aperture and iPhoto, as well as the Viewfinder for iPad app, but he also happens to be the Computing Teacher at Cedars and the main force behind this project. 

Frasier has been getting a lot of media attention because of this project recently (even appearing on Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane's iPad Today show) so you may have seen some of this already, but he posted every step of the implementation on his own blog, where you can read the whole story and background to the project. There is also information and news about how the iPads are being used by Teachers and students on the school's wiki, especially the blogs section.

We are always interested in how the iPad is being used creatively and constructively in Education as well as other spheres of activity, so if you know of any other notable stories in this regard or you are involved with something like this yourself, please leave a comment and let us know about it.

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Reader Comments (2)

Fab story and I'm delighted to hear more and more stories of the iPad assisting students. From my point of view, if nothing else, the weight of school books is ludicrous and the iPad is the obvious solution (sorry Amazon. Multi-use beats single use cleverness).

I'm a further ed art teacher (graphics and computer graphics). In a couple of weeks I'm taking a group of students (media, photog, graphics and IT) to a London university to do a team teach between the UK and US. Happy to send in more details if you're interested. The class will be on taking classic DIsney background technique into the Brushes app.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKercal

Kercal - we would love to hear more about the team teach. If you want to provide some detail, links to anything online or even fancy doing a guest post about it just email and let us know.

Like your Brushes work by the way, I see you are a member of our Flickr group already, much appreciated!

October 13, 2010 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

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