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Why The iPad Is The Next Great Educational Tool

By now we’ve all seen and analyzed the numbers from last week’s second quarter call in regards to Apple’s financial figures and sales as we previously wrote about, Apple Reports Most Amazing Quarter on Record. The biggest eye-popper of them all was of course the number of iPads sold in the past two years: 67 million! That’s almost two iPads for every Canadian citizen! Imagine walking around Canada and every man, woman, teenager, and baby had an iPad in each one of their hands! Crazy, right? Who knows? Maybe it could happen one day…

Anyway, one other very important revelation from the second quarter conference call put on by Apple that the iHospital D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices wanted to focus on was in regards to the sale of iPads to the educational sector.

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According to Peter Oppenheimer, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Apple, he made note of the fact that Apple sold twice as many iPads than Mac computers to US K-12 education customers! That number is even more staggering when you add in that Mac sales for Apple’s second quarter had also hit a new record!

The number of iPads sold to the educational sector signifies a shift in the way schools are educating their students, as tablets in general, but the iPad specifically, are more conducive to the classroom because they are just so well-suited for such an environment. When you put together the design of the iPad alongside the high number and great range of quality educational apps available for K-12 students, and after that, university students, it’s no wonder educators gobbled up iPads at such a fast pace.

Apple has placed an emphasis on their education apps and iTunes U and the iBooks textbooks were made to help teachers educate their students in a completely innovative but nonetheless still easy method of teaching.

We imagine that more and more schools will be filling up their classrooms with iPads in the near future and the stats shown to us by Oppenheimer when it comes to the San Diego school district might be an example of such an occurrence. In the second quarter 10,000 iPads were sold to the San Diego school district alone, and they have plans to purchase at least another 15,000 more iPads for students in middle and high schools in the upcoming June quarter!

It’s not inconceivable to think that one day iPads and styluses along with note-taking apps such as Note Taker HD or writing/drawing/sketching apps like Paper by FiftyThree will replace traditional notebooks and pencils in the classroom.

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  • I find that school districts working with Apple are installing or experimenting with iPads all over the country. On the whole I believe that this is good, and will get better, but as I discuss in my book and writings, there is much yet to be done to align technology better to the needs of kids and family life.


    Please call if you or any of your reporters are following this evolving story and share my note with local school decision makers you cover.   

    As a practicing veteran Chicago child psychiatrist, I invented ZillyDilly for iPad for parents and teachers to better align technology to family life and children’s needs by child proofing the internet and vetting each site for appropriateness to age group and child development. I believe that parents and teachers need to be enabled with good tools and the unmatched diversity of curated free resources online be as available as any app for parents and teachers to give to kids.

    Often, teachers don’t know how to manage kids on iPads, especially online, to get the best benefits of the internet.

    We are a lean startup, and just launched the app. I would appreciate your perusal and review, ZillyDilly at Apple app store

    Many thanks
    Dr. S
    Eitan Schwarz MD DLFAPA FAACAP
    Northwestern U Medical School

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