With the newer models flying off the shelves,the number of iPad owners continues to
soar. K-12 has been impacted by iPads from several perspectives. For example, teachers want access to BYOD (bring your own device) programs, and instruction is now being
facilitated by the iPad and other tablets. The iPad’s ability to engage students is
irrefutable, and schools are impacted by everyone’s interest in using the device
With the introduction of any new technology,however, comes risk. Apple’s consumer driven success has not garnered them many points in the school environment. As such, many district IT departments are reluctant to provision iPads for staff and students. But that is about to change. Apple claims that increasing numbers of districts are deploying or piloting the iPad. The company’s updates to the iOS have helped achieve that greater acceptance by including many security features, such as application level encryption and the ability for schools to impose security policies on district-owned iPads.