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New iPads to lighten Sharon Springs' kids’ loads

Students won’t have to haul heavy textbooks

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When the students of Sharon Springs Central School return from summer vacation, they won’t be hefting the usual spine-wrecking backpacks. They’ll have all the same information, but instead of finding it in a mound of textbooks, it will all be in the slim shell of an iPad. “What we’ve done is eliminate the 50-pound bookbag,” said Sharon Springs Superintendent Pat Green. On the first day of school, iPads will be available for every student in ...

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August 8, 2012
5:25 p.m.

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The biggest issue I've heard come up with giving kids iPads to use is safety. I guess I don't know Sharon Springs that well, but if the public knows most of these kids are walking around with $400 tablets in their backpacks, there are some unsavory types who would see them as easy targets. Why was nothing mentioned about this?

Also... how can the iPads come with PowerPoint software when there is no iPad PowerPoint? Maybe the writer meant to say Keynote software?

August 11, 2012
12:55 p.m.

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I am in the technology industry, but I see no need for Powerpoint, nor Keynote or other similar software. As a p/t older student myself, too often I see presentations with too much emphasis on the software but too little effort made on the content of the presentations - and even then, there is too much "cut and paste" going on.

We're raising a generation of not researchers, but plagiarists. Go back to pen, paper, and overhead projectors.