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The iPad’s functions fall more in line with current staff and student usage than our current device. What is more, the 400,000 apps available on the iPad (for a relative pittance) offer great opportunities for instructional customization and exploration.
The cost of a Mercy education should be measurably reduced for new students. Furthermore, our Wi-Fi system can accommodate the iPad, immediately, meaning that we will not incur major infrastructure costs in the transition.
The iPad is light, has a battery life that makes it through our school day, and boots up/shuts down almost instantly. We expect that the students will need little time “learning” how to use the device.
The iPad is a terrific e-reader. The lack of digital materials available on our laptops has been (along with cost) a chronic disappointment with our program. With e-texts becoming more available, the iPad is suited to to lightening book bags.
Needless to say, these major changes will help supply the Drive-thru with content in 2012!