School-Issued iPads: Distraction or Study Aid?

Jan. 12, 2014 / By

Two Coachella Valley High School students offer contrasting accounts of their individual experiences with school-issued iPads.

Two Coachella Valley High School students offer contrasting accounts of their individual experiences with school-issued iPads.

The 2013-14 school year marked the start of Coachella Valley Unified School District’s 1:1 Mobile Learning iPad Initiative, which will eventually provide every student with an iPad and faculty members with an iPad and a MacBook Air laptop.

On the district’s website, superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams states, “We are very excited about the education transformation taking place in our district. The students in our district will be well equipped to learn in the new 21st century learning environments that we are transforming to, that includes specific content instruction in science, special education, language arts, mathematics, social studies, physical education, foreign language as well as fine and performing arts.”

But what do students think? Coachella Valley High School seniors April Alarcón and Juan Flores share their very different personal experiences with their iPads to date.

My iPad is a Fun Distraction

I can guarantee you the majority of my classmates would agree with the above statement.

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