Phillipsburg Middle School in Hays, Kansas, has implemented a wireless computer laboratory that uses — you guessed it — iBooks. The middle school, which has a staff of 30 serving 224 students in fifth through eighth grade, launched its 20 iBook lab this school year, according to the
Hays Daily News.
The wireless lab was the idea of several staff members because the traditional lab of 20 computers was always busy, the article said. Principal Rick Riffel told the Daily News that classes are conducted in the lab seven hours a day, which made it difficult for teachers to schedule a time for students to do research or work on writing projects.
Located in the school library, the wireless lab allows iBooks to be distributed to students various classrooms for a variety of projects, such as doing research on the Internet or word processing. Besides doing research on the Internet, students can access textbook Web sites that offer projects for enrichment, according to the Daily News.
The district also purchased carrying cases for the iBooks, so teachers can check them out for use at home for preparing lessons or recording grades. Eventually, students will be allowed to check them out and take them home, Riffel told the Daily News. The principal said he’s gotten positive feedback on the Apple portables from students, teachers, and parents.
Dave Porter, the district’s technology director, researched the concept to make a presentation to the board earlier this year, according to the Daily News. Cost for the wireless lab, which doubled the school’s number of computers, was US$32,000, which came from capital outlay funds.