How Steve Jobs Transformed The Classroom

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

BURLINGTON (CBS) – At Burlington High School, Steve Jobs’ legacy is living on. The school bought more than a thousand iPads for its students and teachers this year. It was Principal Patrick Larkin’s idea, to help incorporate technology in the classroom, and improve the learning process.

He says it’s part of teaching citizenship. “If we’re not teaching digital citizenship we’re not teaching citizenship in the year 2011. So to put a mobile device in the hands of every student, what’s more real world than that?”

Rick Landry, a senior, showed us how he uses his iPad. He says, “My favorite part of the iPad is the organization part of it. Last year I had a ton of binders, a ton of notebooks. This year I have everything right in here. It’s really easy I can keep everything in one place, and it helps with my productivity I think.”

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

Todd Whitten, a History teacher, invited us to see how he uses the iPad in his class. Mr Whitten says, “I think it’s great, I love it. It’s got a whole new dimension to what we’re learning and it’s allowing kids to interact with the larger world in ways that we never could have done before. ”

What about distractions, like Facebook and Twitter? They’re allowed at Burlington High School. Whitten says, “Far better for them to have me work with them to figure out how to not be on Facebook all the time, than get into a job and be on Facebook all the time and get fired. So we have a good opportunity to do some real world learning as we go along.”

What about the cost? Larken says they bought the iPads instead of new textbooks. He says says schools need to rethink the tools they use.

“I don’t think schools do a good job looking at what they spend money on traditionally. We spend the same money on the same things every year. We move things around and we’re spending money a little differently like a reduce on traditional textbooks and that saves us a little money right there.”

Students and teachers says Steve Jobs’ passing is an enormous loss. “I was sad because I always greatly admired him. I always think of him as the greatest innovator of our time. I always liked watching his keynote addresses.”

Rick says the iPad is a perfect of example of how Jobs made “very complicated technology things seem much simpler.”


One Comment

  1. Swim69 says:

    Millis!! MILLIS Public Schools did this exact thing… And they did it over two years ago!! I’m not a parent, I’m not a student, I’m not a teacher or anyone affiliated with Millis, but one of my best friends lives in Millis, and her daughter in 10th grade received her iPad two years ago. When the students get to be seniors, they have the option to purchase the iPad. I really wish the school district had reached out to the media a long time ago. For such a little town, Millis seems to be on the cutting edge when it comes to educational initiatives. So much so that my husband and I are considering moving to Millis. Small town, big family, private school atmosphere. Good for you Millis – the students are SO grateful to have those iPads.

    1. AMS says:

      It looks like it was only the 8th grade in Millis that got iPads.

  2. Thomas Greeley says:

    Millis is only a 8th grade pilot program. Totally different than the full high school implentation Burlington has done.

  3. Brenda Cahoon says:

    I am proud to say that I have been a Burlington resident for over 20 years.
    I don’t think there is a better town to live in than here.
    Yes, every HS student got a Ipad (1000) at the beginning of the year, but this town offers so much more .
    Our tax rate is one of the lowest in this state,
    We don’t pay for trash removal, Sports programs or busing.
    Some of our summer camp programs offered by the Rec. dept are FREE…Yup, I said FREE!
    All Three of my kids are in HS. They are in the Burlington High school marching band….B.T.W…It’s free to join. They perform at every Home football game and they are the ONLY traveling Marching Band within our football division! For over 25 years, and counting, the band has been chosen by the Disney Program in Florida to march down Main St, in the 3:00 parade. It’s been publically said by Disney employees that Burlington’s High School Marching band is one of their favorite bands to invite down.
    I could go on and on….
    Bottom line, if you want a great town to live in and a wonderful community to bring your kids up in….Burlington is the town you want to live in 

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