EdWatch: iPad takeover underway at St. Mark's

By Amy Cherry 8:07pm, February 26, 2013 - Updated 11:54am, February 27, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry speaks with teacher Holly Bryk, who's already using iPads in the classroom every day.
iPads are taking over the classroom at St. Mark's.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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iPads may eventually replace textbooks at St. Mark's High School in Milltown.

It's all part of a new interactive way of learning that requires every student in the incoming Class of 2017 to come to school with the popular tablet in their hand.

Linda Fischer, St. Mark's director of information resources says, you name it, and there's an app for that.

"They'll be able to do molecular structure in chemistry; we've got apps going into the cooking department," says Fischer.

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Using Glogster, students will create videos and interactive posters, and
Principal Carol Ripken says they also plan to offer a class on creating your own app!

"We think it would be great to be able to use our own students' apps as part of the educational program," says Ripken.

"Absolutely!" Fischer chimes in.

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She says the one-to-one iPad initiative has been a big hit so far and all the students want in.

"Our current students are saying, 'Why not us? We want to be included!'" says Fischer.

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Teacher Holly Bryk is already using an iPad in her classroom.

"I'm really excited to start with students having their own and have it be more interactive," says Bryk.

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And the excuse of forgetting your homework is now gone.

"They might forget a pencil; they might forget the textbook, but they're not going to forget their iPad," says Fischer.

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