New Jersey High School says iPad deployment is to help ensure students are college-ready

by David Needle

March 1 2013

New Providence High School believes iPads will help prepare students for college and the workplace.
New Providence High School believes iPads will help prepare students for college and the workplace.

New Providence High School is the latest of many schools to announce its giving iPads to it students. The high school, with 617 students, recently announced it will give 32GB iPads to all freshmen, sophomore and junior grade students.

The distribution follows an iPad software and hardware orientation session the high school held the first week of February for the students and their parents. 

According to an article in the local TheAlternativePress.com, the school district picked the iPad after “an extensive analysis of various platforms” and determined it was the best tool to align the district’s Common Core Standards with the state standards.

"A goal of the iPad deployment is to insure that district students are college-ready and equipped with tools to allow them to be prepared for the workplace in future," the article said.

During a Board of Education meeting, the report said several department heads presented how their departments are already using the iPads to provide varied learning tools and interactive capability for presentation and retrieval of information.

Just last week, the Fraser public school district in Michigan announced the biggest iPad deployment in the state. The school district purchased 5,000 iPads, enough for every student in Fraser Public Schools, from Developmental Kindergarten to high school. 

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