Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School announces the launch of an Apple iPad® curriculum instruction integration program. The school is the first single-gender, private high school in the Chicago Southland to launch an iPad initiative. McAuley has been using school-owned iPads in select science classes since 2010.
“As a Catholic, single-gender college preparatory school, Mother McAuley is dedicated to providing our young women with the latest technology in order to best prepare them for their future education and careers,” says Claudia Woodruff, acting president/principal. “We are in an increasingly digital age, and having a resource like the iPad allows students to learn and teachers to teach in more dynamic ways.”
This fall, 10 Mother McAuley faculty members began collaborating with Saint Xavier University faculty to become iPad instructional specialists. Together, the schools are exploring uses and implementation of iPads in the classroom. The partnership is funded with a Title III grant and offered through the University’s Center for Instructional Design and Academic Technologies (CIDAT).
With the start of the 2013 school year, McAuley will pilot the use of the iPads. Select eBooks will be available for use and students will have the option to bring an iPad to school. Complete integration of iPads into the classroom through a 1:1 program will be based on the success of the pilot.
The variety of educational apps will allow teachers to create lesson plans and individualize and differentiate instruction in a way that is familiar to students, while still working on essential 21st century skill sets needed to meet state and national standards.
The introduction of iPads also will bring about a cost savings for families, who spend hundreds of dollars per year purchasing traditional textbooks. That expense will likely be greatly reduced through the availability of eBooks.