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iPad Program

The mobile and social uses of technology on devices like smart phones and tablets have the potential to facilitate exciting, innovative and effective learning opportunities.
The landscape of technology shifts constantly, and schools have to strike a balance between keeping up with those changes in a fiscally sound manner and choosing tools that have some staying power. In 2013, Dana Hall launched a 1:1 iPad Program for students and faculty. 

Why the iPad?

List of 13 items.

  • Mobility

  • Convenience

  • Unobtrusiveness

  • Individualization and personalization

  • Reasonable cost (compared to laptop)

  • Ease of use

  • Creativity

  • Collaboration

  • Hands-on learning

  • Ownership and responsibility

  • Organization

  • Multi-modal

  • Shows real-world relevance of all disciplines


I like how we use technology in class. It puts things in a new perspective and makes you think differently.

What can the iPad do?

List of 8 items.

  • Organizer and scheduler: organize class materials, homework assignments, athletic schedules and visits to Math Lab and Writing Lab

  • Reader: read The Great Gatsby, highlight, annotate and post questions to classmates

  • Note taking: take a picture of the board, add notes, highlight main points, record the teacher's lecture and send to sick friend at home

  • Research: search the web and find appropriate sources (books, databases, journal articles, web sites) for a U.S. History project, collect and organize sources, maintain a running bibliography and share with a teacher

  • Presentation: create an iMovie with two classmates, insert it into a presentation, share it with classmates and project it onto the classroom screen

  • Project creator: video a project partner kicking a soccer ball to her teacher, plot the trajectory of the ball, graph the results, share with classmates to help explain the laws of physics

  • Textbook: access text and other media at any time and reduce the weight of a backpack

  • Student response system: provide teachers with instant feedback and respond even when speaking up in class is difficult

List of 3 items.

  • Dance

    Favorite Activity
  • Poetry project

    Favorite Assignment
  • Spanish III Honors

    Favorite Class

List of 1 items.

  • Francesca

    "In my Literature Composition I class we did a poetry unit before winter break. Our poetry project was in collaboration with a school in Turkey. We created our own websites to display our works of poetry. The last day of school before winter break we were able to Skype with the kids from the school in Turkey, and it was so much fun to interact with students who were so far away. We were able to learn what their school was like, and how their classes worked."