iPads see varied classroom usage


Manitou Springs School District 14 is the first public school in the country to give iPads to every one of its students. However, all of the teachers in the high school aren’t in agreement on the usefulness of the new technology.

Mr. Hilt’s cubbies, where students put their iPads and other electronic devices upon entering the classroom. Photo by Mariah Unruh.

Brian Brown was one of three teachers to use iPads last year. “I find [iPads] to be very helpful to myself and my students,” said Brown. “We spend about sixty percent of class time on the them.”

Students in Brown’s world history class will find themselves blogging, taking quizzes, and even taking notes on their iPads.

“I don’t know if I’m overusing them. It’s really an experiment at this point,” said Brown.

Timothy Hilt has a very different iPad policy in his American literature and English I Honors classes. Students in those classes must check their phones and iPads at the door and put them in their respective cubbies.

“I’m not using them too much,” said Hilt. “Everything I need is in the textbook.”

Despite spending the majority of class without technology, during study time Hilt allows his students to go back and use their iPads.

Hilt does plan to increase his implementation of the iPads, however. His English I Honors class will read an entire novel on them.

“I see [iPads] as a tool for success, but they can also be tool for distraction. They’re not a magic bullet,” said Hilt.

By Keegan Bockhorst