iPads in the Classroom:
There are currently iPads in 1st grade classrooms at both AES and OES. There is a 30-iPad cart at OFA. There are also five iPads in every classroom at Owego Elementary School (Linnaeus West).
We have chosen iPads to replace desktop clusters at OES for a few reasons. The reasons are space, battery life, time saving (as there is no log-in on an iPad), and mostly because the iPad is teacher-driven rather than driven by the IT Department.
Each classroom at OES has five iPads for student use to be integrated into their curriculum.
How?iPads are operated by using applications that are both free, and paid for by OA Schools. Each teacher or grade level will decide what apps they want in their classrooms and simply download and execute use. There are more than 500,000 applications available in the Apple App store and more than half of them are educationally based.
From kindergarten to eighth grade, at OA Schools our students learn the basics in Microsoft keyboarding, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and other applications.
Some of the basic computer skills include: Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint) and keyboarding for documents, letters, as well as learning to use the Internet for researching projects.