Written and reported by freshmen students Cole Baker, Christopher Flynn and Greg Keidel.
The first quarter of this year has included some trial and error with the new Freshman iPads. The iPads are used during class for a range of things from notes to textbooks to assignments and essays. At the end of the first quarter, the freshmen have had different things to say about the iPads and we wanted to see what some of their thoughts were. We interviewed multiple freshmen to see what they think and maybe some of the things they would have changed. Here are some of the thoughts of our fellow classmates:
Do you like the iPads, why or why not?
I like the iPads because it is easier to write papers and the new technology keeps us up to date.
Why do you think some teachers may not like the iPads?
Some teachers may not like it because of the games.
What are some advantages and disadvantages of the iPads?
Some advantages are that the iPads run faster and some disadvantages are that they die (battery depletion).
What’s your opinion on the keyboards and cases?
I like keyboards, but haven’t liked the cases because they break easily.
What’s been your favorite part and least favorite part about the iPads?
My favorite part is the electronic textbooks and my least favorite part is no games.
Do you like electronic notes or handwritten notes?
I like electronic notes because they are easier to remember.
Are you more organized with the iPads?
I’m very organized. With the iPads I can organize my notes. The iPad is also only one thing to carry.
Do you like the iPads?
I do. The iPads are great when it comes to taking notes. It’s very easy to go and study your materials for test. The electronic notes are easier to keep organized.
If you could say one thing about the iPads what would it be?
They are amazing.
The iPads seem to be liked mostly by the freshmen, but we have noticed some disadvantages to the iPads. At times, they disrupt the learning of students, with many students playing games in the classroom and not focusing on their work. They are paying too much attention to the games rather than learning what the teacher is trying to teach. As Tyler Nimorwicz said “The iPads have gotten my friends in trouble in class, and the teacher has given them JUG before.”
Even though there is the opportunity that games will get some classmates off track, the iPads have been a great tool for helping the freshmen out with their education. Besides the few technical difficulties we all have had here and there, things seem to be going smoothly. Personally, we like the iPads because of all the information at our fingertips. It also contains most of our homework which is a good thing because if we have our iPads, we have our homework as well as our textbooks. Hopefully, when the class of 2020 comes into school next year, all of the issues of this year will be in the past and the students will be focused on using the devices to learn in, and out, of the classroom. We think most of the current freshmen are happy to have them.