Maine School District to Buy Kindergarteners iPads

Maine School District to Buy Kindergarteners iPadsA Maine school system has planned to make Apple’s iPad 2 tablet a mandatory kindergarten classroom items to boost learning.

The Auburn School Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to make the iPad 2 a permanent tool for learning by providing all kindergartners with the world’s most popular tablets next year.

Former Gov. Angus King, who introduced laptops for students of 7th grade in Maine 10 years ago, described the new idea as “stunning”.

According to King, all children can use the iPad 2 as it can be operated with just a touch of finger and everyone knows how to use finger.

School Superintendent Tom Morrill expects 285 kindergarten students this fall. At $500 each, the cost of providing all kindergartners and teachers with tablets will be around $200,000.

But the program has not been liked by all.

Expressing disapproval for the plan, Auburn school parent Nicole Fortin said, "It's crazy. I look at all of the budgetary restraints we have. Our school system loses money every year to certain things. This is a lot to put in the hands of a 5-year-old."

But, optimistic are cheered that even five-year-olds will use tomorrow’s media to learn.