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The API challenges are the most commonly shared concern. Comi says, one problem is that the iCloud API is too low level, meaning that it takes a lot of code to accomplish basic tasks. Although it is easy to visualise this process, it is cumbersome to implement. If a user turns iCloud off, for example, the onus is on the developer to move all the files back into the local application storage, ensuring to handle edge cases appropriately such as disabling iCloud on one device, but not others. Later, if the user re-enables iCloud, the developer has even more work to do, matching and merging documents in the cloud with those that, until a moment ago, lived in the confines of the local device only. Another layer of complexity arises when the document model needs to change by an app update : What happens if the user has two devices, but has only updated one of them?

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When Dr. After all, he had seen educational-technology trends come and go—he even had an old Apple Newton gathering dust in a drawer somewhere. Ringle, the chief technology officer at Reed, planned to try iPads purely as a test and not to get caught up in the hype. Two years later, after multiple pilot programs , Ringle has this to report: He is an iPad believer.

Ringle is far from alone: As schools start their school year, the iPad will be an important tool in many classrooms. Schools in Mansfield, Texas, have bought thousands more. Studies have shown that students and teachers are enthusiastic about the device, and that it may even make a difference in educational outcomes. The result? In the first two quarters of this year, Apple says, it has sold twice as many iPads as Macs to K customers. At ACDS, a New York school for young children with autism and Down syndrome, principal Cecilia Barry says the iPad has produced unmatched results in helping children with cognitive disabilities learn to communicate and express themselves.

The secret? Instead, communication is tactile: They can touch and swipe images on the iPad to make themselves understood. Compared with older methods—the children once used flash cards to accomplish the same things—the iPad is easier, more adaptable, and often more enjoyable to use.

Students who have iPad access beyond school hours tend to visit their lessons more often on their own time, other educators say. Rick Miller, district superintendent of schools in Riverside, California. They can check what they know on their own, instead of waiting for a teacher. Winkle College of Pharmacy, students go through mock lab tests in which they take drug orders, mix them, and consult with patients. Multiple instructors grade them on a checklist; processing that information once took weeks.

On the iPad, those checklist results enter a university-created database that students can access immediately online. Classroom-polling systems have been available for years from companies such as eInstruction.

But instead of requiring separate hardware, the iPad can do it all. Its portable form lends itself to such instruction, Weisserman adds. Initially Wharton offered iPads as an alternative to books and papers, which would have been a drag on that travel.

In fact, many educators say that merely replicating textbooks on the iPad is the wrong way to use the device. In other words, the lighter backpack load is nice, but the learning experience matters more.

At Scheck Hillel Community School, for example, educators were able to create the iTalmud course to instruct students in ancient Hebrew texts. But the students themselves have started to utilize those text-creation tools too. The iPad is transforming education—and the education industry. But, he says, the iPad is still expected to be in the hands of only about 15 percent of students this fall. One factor going forward will be cost.

Public schools in Riverside, California, have put more than 18, mobile devices—of all kinds—into students' hands.

Superintendent Rick Miller says he likes the iPad and the way its users take their learning beyond school walls and hours. Jennifer Polack-Wahl, a researcher at the University of Mary Washington, has done research suggesting that iOS devices can make a difference in educational results.

But the process requires more effort than just buying iPads and putting them in the classrooms. If they take time to make a curriculum that uses this, yes. It depends on the teacher to integrate it into the curriculum. Back in Portland, Oregon, though, Martin Ringle is confident such issues will be addressed. He remembers the old Apple Newton, yes, but he also recalls a time when campuses were devoid of desktop and laptop computers.

That changed, and education was transformed. He sees the iPad on the same track. Joel Mathis is a regular contributor to Macworld and TechHive. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and young son. Tablet Accessories. Two years after its iPad pilot programs began, Reed College has declared them a success.

Here Brandon Hamilton, class of , studies on campus. Photo by Kevin Myers When Dr. Wharton School of Business originally offered iPads to students to replace reams of paper, but now the school is looking for iOS-specific ways of delivering instruction.

Engaging and simple to use At ACDS, a New York school for young children with autism and Down syndrome, principal Cecilia Barry says the iPad has produced unmatched results in helping children with cognitive disabilities learn to communicate and express themselves. McGraw-Hill's LearnSmart app offers students guidance in courses ranging from biology to business, and gives the textbook publisher a new path to continued relevance.

Winkle College of Pharmacy are evaluated on an iPad-based checklist. This means they get immediate feedback instead of waiting weeks for the processing of paper-based grades. Students in a ninth-grade religion class at the Scheck Hillel Community School learn about ancient Hebrew texts on their iPads. Read our affiliate link policy for more details.

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Apple uses the event to showcase its new software and technologies for software developers. Attendees can participate in hands-on labs with Apple engineers and attend in-depth sessions covering a wide variety of topics. After 15 years in nearby San Jose, the conference moved to San Francisco , where it eventually became Apple's primary media event of the year and regularly sold out. Tickets are obtained through an online lottery. Scholarships are available for students and members of STEM organizations. Attendees must be 13 years or older and must be a member of an Apple Developer program.

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When Dr. After all, he had seen educational-technology trends come and go—he even had an old Apple Newton gathering dust in a drawer somewhere. Ringle, the chief technology officer at Reed, planned to try iPads purely as a test and not to get caught up in the hype. Two years later, after multiple pilot programs , Ringle has this to report: He is an iPad believer.

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