Some schools in Singapore have started giving students iPads to replace the use of textbooks and desktop PCs for their studies. Nanyang Girls High School, Tampines Secondary School, Nanhua Primary School and Dunman Secondary School each had purchase iPads for some of their students and staff.
bq.. Nanyang Girls High School has spent S$135,000 (about $100,000) to buy 150 iPads for 140 students and 10 teachers in a pilot project. Users connect to the Internet using the tablet, and download books and course material.
Seah Hui Yong, dean of curriculum at Nanyang Girls school, said the iPad was chosen because it complemented a new method of teaching under which students are given more freedom to learn themselves, instead of relying solely on the teacher in traditional classrooms.
p. So when I have a kid, one of the key selection criteria is whether the school has such programs. I would like my kid to not have to carry a heavy school bag.
More on this story at “Reuters”:http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70G0EK20110117 and “Yahoo News”:http://sg.yfittopostblog.com/2011/01/15/students-of-nanyang-girls-high-use-ipad-for-lessons/.