I forgot to mention, the iPad came with a case. It’s the ‘smart’ case, meaning the front cover can fold into three plates that can, in turn, form a triangle which is used to prop the iPad up.
And yes, we are allowed to install apps onto it. I’ve already put a few games on it, each of which run a lot faster on the iPad than on my 2nd-gen iTouch. We just can’t play them at school.
Also, they’re iPad 2s.
Here’s a little more info about how we’re using the iPads:
English II: We downloaded ‘Bullfinch’s Mythology’ and started reading it in iBooks. So far, it’s a good read.
Latin I: Nothing specifically. She did mention that we were going to get a Latin dictionary soon, also in iBooks. And she let us take notes on it if we wanted to.
US Gov/Contemporary Issues: We looked up certain parts of the Constitution and it’s amendments to answer questions. For homework, we wrote up a paragraph for each of a few Founding Fathers then e-mailed it to her.
Algebra II: We had the option to use a whiteboard app for our work.
That’s all for now; I’ll have four different classes tomorrow. We’re supposed to be going almost totally paperless soon. That’ll be a relief- then I can stop carrying around eight folders and a binder.
Today, the teachers at the STEM school distributed iPads to all the students. It really is very nice, but I’ll reserve final judgement until I’ve used it for longer than half a day.
I’m writing this up on my iPad. The keyboard is essentially the same, but I can’t hit one key then drag my finger onto another key like I do with my Netbook. (That may not be how I was told to do it, but hey, it works. Pretty quick, too.) To be fair, I sometimes can. It’s not as regular, though. Other than that… Not many problems so far. The screen’s actually bigger than the Netbook’s, which is kinda pathetic. Score one for the iPad.
However, Apple won’t let someone make a Python (or for that matter, any programming language) terminal app. Their coding will let it be done; you can have one if you jailbreak your iPad. They just don’t want it. Maybe legal reasons? Maybe it’s an attempt to prevent someone from screwing their machine up? I’d say they just don’t want it. (It could be legal jargon. That seems less likely, though.)
I felt the need to document this historic moment. It could be the start of a fantastic new school that revolutionizes Knoxville’s education system. I certainly hope so. As far as I can tell, KCS just needs to realize that not all kids learn the same way. A lot of my teachers from years past didn’t seem to get that; fortunately, however, the teachers at the STEM Academy are doing very well with it so far. Especially the math teacher. She came flat out with it, saying she actually enjoyed thinking of new ways to teach the same stuff.
So yeah, I’m hopeful.
I am (at the time of this writing) 15 years old, and a sophomore at the Knox County STEM Academy (soon to have a real name, I hope). I have many varied interests, from Boy Scouts to programming, reading to video games, and music to writing. I enjoy pretty much every subject- that leads me to believe that I just like learning. I’m more interested in some courses than others of course, but for the most part I’m happy in every class I take (if I have a competent teacher). As a conversationalist, I am sadly lacking. I think (not positive) that I might be a little introverted (not antisocial, introverted- this means I don’t seek out social contact; antisocial means I avoid it). I can talk for a while if it’s about a subject I enjoy, but few are they who I can talk to for any real length of time. Luckily, my family is included in that number.
I joined Cub Scouts in 1st grade, which started my Scouting career. Believe me when I say that Boy Scouts are much better. I went on trips to only four different places over several years- Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies (in Gatlinburg), the Knoxville Zoo, Camp Buck Toms, and an unnamed camping area… Somewhere. I don’t know where.