iPads at DHS?
AP Chemistry Hopes to Reinvent its Curriculum by Purchasing iPads

More by Collin Sullivan

April 1, 2012

In January of 2012, Apple announced their new iBooks Textbooks for iPad, where students can purchase their school textbooks for a low price of fifteen dollars or less. After much discussion in the Science Department at Darien High School, the science teachers have decided to throw out their old AP Chemistry textbooks and replace them with brand new iPads.

AP Chemistry students will have their hands on these new iPads by the first week of May 2012.

AP Chemistry will be the only class that will receive these new iPads. Other classes in the school will sadly have to wait and see if the Darien Board of Education will purchase iPads for all classes. A total of fifty brand new iPads have already been ordered by the Science Department and will arrive at the high school by the first week of May.

Mr. David Lewis, Head of the Science Department and AP Chemistry teacher at the high school said, “We decided to purchase these iPads because we believe that the use of Angry Birds will facilitate the students’ understanding of the Bohr model of the atom.”

Since the eighteen hundreds, schools around the world have relied on textbooks to educate their students. Two hundred years ago, these heavy, paper textbooks were efficient, but today, times and technology have greatly changed, and paper textbooks have become impractical. iPads are a great improvement over paper as they actually cost MORE money. 

Paper textbooks are generally less than one hundred dollars, heavy, and durable. iPads, on the other hand, are fragile, retail at a minimum of $399, require constant charging, and fit in a Longchamp bag.

But what makes these iTextbooks so special? Apple brings the textbooks back to life by creating an interactive, one of a kind experience.

“I can’t wait to use iPaint to doodle in my chem book – using a pen and pencil is so pedestrian,” a sophomore girl was overheard saying.  Not only do these new textbooks do away with the traditional paper book for a new kind of learning experience, they also emit a cool green smoke when placed over a Bunsen burner.

Sophomore Sam Meyjes is taking AP Chemistry next year and is extremely excited to get his hands on the new iPads. "Statistically, gingers like iPads more than other people, because Siri makes them feel like they have friends. So for a ginger like me, this is going to be good fun. I can't wait!"

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