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This House Believes That Schools Should Give Their Students iPads

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Started: 2/21/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Using an iPad could help kids learn about the keyboard and make kids write more. Students would not have to keep getting up to sharpen their pencils which distracts the teacher and students. When you make a mistake the iPad can help you with it. When people have messy handwriting, their work looks neat and is easy to read on the iPad.

My first and most obvious reason to use an iPad is your kids health, since as you know that each bag now a days don't weigh less than 10 pounds in comparison that an iPad weigh 1.44 pounds which is much more less and the statistics shows that 87% of students are having backache at young ages and what is the reason you think? It's those heavy books. Some people are nagging on the price of each iPad and what it cost to install special applications. Well they probably forget the price of the stationery, books, and those ugly expensive bags. Aren't those technical electronics also known by iPads wonderful? This technology is reaching our comfort to its extreme all of this is because of our brains. Isn't that great?

In the second stage come the avoiding of distraction in class and less noise and misunderstanding. This screen tablet ensures to deliver every little information to him since he could simply record what a teacher is saying without any annoyance, and when having a test a student can message his question to the teacher instead of disturbing whole the class by his loud voice. And also we don't have to forget the he is avoiding sharpening pencils and these things that may waste his time.

The iPad in the classroom brings education to life. Children have endless access to valuable information such as a dictionary and thesaurus, which previously were only available in printed format. Interactive technology makes learning more engaging and memorable. Tools such as audio and video recorders can change the way that learning takes place and homework is completed. So what if all children in a school were given an iPad to use in class and take home with them?

Anne Laure Bazin (Assistant Head Teacher at Mounts Bay Academy in Cornwall) works in a school where every child, teacher and teaching assistant is given a free iPad to use in and out of lessons. For her, the main advantage of everyone having an iPad has been the improvement in communication. Documents can be emailed straight over to colleagues during a meeting. Children submit their homework by email, or through the school"s virtual learning environment. Teachers now take the register using their iPad, which means that there is a centralised record of which children are in school, and which classroom they are in, that every teacher has access to.

The use of iPads has encouraged greater sharing of resources among teachers. All communication with parents is now done by email. Working as a group in class is much easier as children can share documents. Children who previously did not have access to the internet at home are given the same opportunities as their peers. The whole class can look at one child"s work by attaching the iPad to the interactive whiteboard. If a child has forgotten their textbook, the teacher can take a photograph of the relevant page and send it to the student in class.

Anne Laure says "The pupils learn more efficiently with the iPad as they get instant feedback. In the past, they would do their homework and then submit it and a few days later I would give it back and we would go over it. This time delay means that they have often forgotten what they have written or why they chose to write it like that. With the iPad they can receive immediate feedback from interactive tools and quizzes which means they find out straight away if they have got something right. Using online dictionaries means they are able to check their work before they submit it. It doesn"t do the work for them, it helps them to work it out for themselves."

Anne Laure teaches French and access to the cultural resources available on the internet enriches her lessons and puts the work into context. There are free interactive resources on the internet talking about holidays and special cultural events. A-level students can access French newspapers and videos, giving them ready access to material in the target language.


I am against using iPads because although they have their benefits, they hurt key skills such as writing, give people the "dry eye," distract kids, cost a lot of money, and are as breakable as a weakened teacup made of china.

I must admit that iPads are very light, which relieves the back. However in order to relieve the back for the approximate 40 minutes spent each day going to school, kids hurt their eyes for however long they use their electronic in the day (probably a few hours). According to, millions are developing a "dry eye" because of use of new technology (iPads included). These victims blink their eyes about 50% to 60% less. This, in turn means that the eye's lubricating substance doesn't work properly, a problem in many old people's eyes.

As you said, iPads help to avoid class distraction, noise, and misunderstanding. This isn't necessarily true. Yes, iPads may help with little things such as messaging a teacher during a test or recording a lesson, but iPads tend to be more of a distraction than a help. One of the most serious problems at my school is kids using their phones when they're not supposed too. Giving students iPads will only help elevate that problem. Although it may not seem like it, they are a lot of free games that are very addicting. Since most schools provide free wi-fi for learning, downloading one of these games is as easy as pressing a few buttons.

Another large disadvantage about iPads is that they hurt a kid's learning. The whole goal of school is to educate kids in categories such as writing so they can get a job later on. The iPad may help slightly in topics such as reading and social studies, but they hurt a kid's writing. As kids tend to become more reliant on a Spell Check, they also make about 90% more errors according to a study by Dennis Galletta. Remember, the goal of a writing education is to make a generation that can write and edit their writing, not write and depend on Spell Check for editing.

Also, iPads are easy to break and cost a lot of money. If you don't believe me that iPads break easily, search on the web, "Are iPads easy to break?" and a huge answer will flood your eyes. As of this writing, a new iPad will cost anywhere $399 to $829 (not including tax). If you multiply that by the 517 students an average school has (according to, and you'd have a bill of $206,283 to $428,593 PER SCHOOL. That's enough money to buy a house. You'd also have to pay money for a replacement iPad every time a person accidentally breaks theirs.

In conclusion, iPads shouldn't be used at schools because they turn young eyes old, are a huge distraction, destroys a kid's writing, are easy to break and cost a ton of money.
Debate Round No. 1


My opponent has mentioned factors such as eye strain, cost, breakability and writing. Out of these four main factors I agree with one - eye stain/dry eye. Yes, I agree electronic devices are the way forward. There will no long be books in the next century, so therefore I think students and these generations now have to train themselves to conquer this dry eye syndrome.

As far as cost, the school could pay 60% of the price and then the students/parents pay the other 40%. This makes the price drop considerably. That is what they have done in my school and it works a treat!

Regarding the breakability of the tablet, I agree to some extent. But schools should also install 'anti-drop' iPad cases therefore whenever students drop their devices, they are protected. Again, this is what they do in my school.

Here are another 30 reasons why iPads should be given to students!

1. Apps - With over 65,000 education apps designed especially for the iPad and growing, just about every subject, learning style and grade level is covered.ipads in the classroom, education apps for the ipad, school wireless networks,

An example of just one app is Nearpod. Nearpod allows teachers to deliver various types of content from quizzes, videos and info slides directly to the students devices. Those students can then send their work and/or responses back to the teacher which is stored on the teacher"s account to be reviewed later or downloaded as a .pdf report. This kind of interaction is only possible because of the iPad.

2. "82% of all web traffic generated by tablet devices is from iPads."

3. "8 out of 10 teachers say their students want tablets (most of which is the iPad) in class."

4. The three largest publishers, producing 90% of all textbooks used in schools are all partnering with Apple to sell digital versions.

5. 86% of students believe that tablets (like the iPad) can help them to study more efficiently.

6. Over 8 million iPads have been sold to educators worldwide in 2012 alone!

7. 60% of faculty thought that students were more motivated by lessons that used the iPad than lessons that did not.

8. Improving literacy - Using even the simplest features of the iPad such as the voice recorder, are helping to improve the fluency of students.ipads in education, ipads in the classroom, school wireless networks,

9. Creating and Sharing Demonstrations - By using the iPad and Airplay, teachers can demonstrate a procedure once, record it and then play it back on a larger screen for students to view and discuss.

10. Interactive textbooks - with apps such as iBooks Author, students and teachers can create interactive textbooks featuring 3-D graphics, videos, and the ability to take notes. It has increased the level of learning through interaction and participation.

11. Battery Life - Clocking in at right around 10 hours the new iPad Air definitely has plenty of legs to get through the school day.

12. Mobility - iPads were built to be mobile, they are light, powerful and with the right case durable too, but they do require web access. (Its critical to make sure your wireless network can support iPads before bringing them on-board.)ipads in the classroom, ipads in education, school wireless networks, wifi companies,

13. Bandwidth - iPads require tons of bandwidth so again, before rolling them out you will need to make sure your school"s wireless network has the required bandwidth in place.

14. Ease of Use - This might be subjective but overall iPads seem to be extremely easy to use right out of the box. Apple has given the iOS a very streamlined, organized feel; you have everything you need, and it works!

15. Security - Apple has arguably created the most secure operating system available on mobile devices. Downloading apps is more secure and iOS provides great systematic protections for multiple security solutions, mobile device management, school wireless networks,

16. 802.11ac - I know, I know, the new iPad Air doesn"t have 802.11ac but it does have very solid 802.11n and MIMO (multiple in, multiple out).

17. 75% of students agreed that the iPad enhanced their learning experience.

18. A research study, conducted in Auburn, Maine showed that students in Kindergarten who were using iPads scored much higher on literacy tests than students who were not.

19. Social Networking - While some believe social networking to be counterproductive and a distraction, the fact of the matter is that it is a dominant form of of communication with students today. Educators today simply need to be creative when using social as a learning tool. Sharing ideas and coming together around topics of interest can be a powerful way to interact with students. It is also very important to develop and help students understand how to be responsible with social.

20. Video - this is almost a no-brainer. The iPad like many mobile devices is a master at bringing video into the education environment. using video on the ipad for education, ipads in the classroom, wifi service providers, school wireless networks,Through YouTube and various apps, video lessons and even video chat (face-time) can create interaction and creativity on another level.

21. Grading papers - thats right teachers, there is an app for that too!

22. In the United States alone over 2,300 school districts are using iPads in the classroom, and growing.

23. 55% of students say they wish their instructors used more simulations or educational games. Using the iPad the options are almost endless and are only limited to our imaginations.

24. Benefits Students with Disabilities - By using the touch screen capability students who lack motor skills can actually watch their finger move and write directly on the screen, this greatly improves their fine motor skills. Students with autism are naturals when it comes to using the iPad. Jeremy Brown a highly active and involved teacher for autistic elementary students finds great promise in the iPad and its touch technology. He has estimated that nearly 80 to 90% of his students with autism experience tremendous results when using iPads.

25. Personalized Lesson Plans for Students with Disabilities - The iPad allows teachers to easily and creatively tailor their lesson plans for each student based on what that student needs.ipads in education, how ipads help students with disabilities, school wireless networks, There are hundreds of apps specifically designed for students with special needs that teachers can use to enhance the learning experience just by using the iPad.

26. They"re Light! - It seems that each year growing up I had more and more books to carry. With iPads all of those books can be carried and accessed digitally; the days of heavy books may be coming to an end"

27. Environmentally Safe - iPads save on paper big time. Everything from handouts, tests, presentations and textbooks can now be delivered to everyone by the iPad.

28. Budget Friendly - You no longer have to replace old textbooks, digital updates make this cheaper, easier and faster. Teachers also don"t have to worry about damaged or lost books as well, all of this saving big bucks in the long run.

29. Speaking "their" Language - Students these days use tablets and mobile devices from an early age, some as early as 1 or 2 years old! By the time they are in school it"s second nature to use a tablet or mobile device. ipad in the classroom, ipad in education, wifi service providers,The iPad will keep their attention and resonate with students by aligning with how the new mobile generation wants to learn and communicate.

30. Ready for Tomorrow - Students today need to be technology literate. iPads and tablets play a huge role in preparing our students for college and eventually their careers. As educators we must develop these necessary skills safely and responsibly as soon as possible.

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Debate Round No. 2


My fact that my opponent forfeited the last round I have no choice but to outline his weakness as he cannot even provide a second argument for this debate! VOTE PRO!


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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by ashwin.sharma921 1 year ago
Ohh then let it believe!
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