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Blog // Connect Michigan

The Impact of iPads in Education

By Wil Payton

Using technology in Michigan to promote more active student engagement in the learning process Wireless computing and digital devices are redefining the educational ecosystem and Michigan educators are embracing this technological transformation. One key variable in this evolution is the implementation of 1:1 device programs (one device per student). Educators are finding that this type of program motivates students to take a more active role in the learning process and stimulates critical thinking. In a recent article in Edudemic, Fred Sitkins, principal at Boyne City Elementary School (and a member of the first community to receive our...

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iPads are a valued tool in the special education classroom

By Wil Payton

iPads are rapidly become the tech tool of choice in special education classrooms. These devices provide versatility for students who might find pen and paper, or even a computer mouse, challenging due to motor skills impairments. Additionally, they can help remove the stigma typically associated with being a special education student. Tablets provide a level of privacy for students whose reading levels may vary significantly. Below is an excerpt from a Washington Post article that shows how significantly privacy impacts the learning environment: “If you’re in high school and you’re reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid because that’s what you can...

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