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Top iPads for Education 2022

Posted in Articles on 25/5/2022

Learners, educators, and institutions worldwide use iPads to inspire creativity, making learning more powerful.

iPads have been recognised as a valuable learning aid to increase digital literacy. Educators worldwide have integrated them into their toolset to teach learners how to process, access and create information.

Since Apple launched the iPad in 2010, millions of devices have made their way into education across various ages and learning levels. iPads are made to be compatible with the classroom and education environment, especially with services such as Apple Mobile Device Management (MDM) and its Device Enrolment Program (DEP).

Integration of parental controls and Screen Time has given many parents and teachers a way to monitor device usage for peace of mind when leaving minors unsupervised with iPad.

iPads are great educational devices, but it can be challenging to identify which model best suits students' needs with varying feature sets and price points. Here are our recommendations for top iPads across different education levels.

Supporting Primary School Students

Many teachers across the globe have used the iPad to design interactive, engaging experiences for primary school learners, enhancing all aspects of their learning. Educators discovered that the iPad enabled students to learn at their own pace, communicate, and encourage creativity.

Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School, an Apple Distinguished School, has used iPads to seamlessly extend the classroom experience and build connections with the New Zealand landscape and heritage. When the school first introduced their one-to-one iPad pilot program, educators saw that 70% of students were below the expected standard. By the sixth year of the program, the school reported that 90% of the students were reading at or above the expected national average.

The iPad is ideal for primary school students due to its small and compact design. For young learners, using an iPad for school will be their first experience with having a personal device, so it’ll need to be sturdy and withstand rough handling. At the same time, the iPad's intuitive interface allows young minds to undertake tasks independently.

Devices for primary school education need to be on the affordable end of the scale, packed with enough power to run education apps smoothly without having top-range processing power and graphics that will go to waste.

The 10.2-inch iPad uses an A13 Bionic chip, delivering faster CPU and graphic performance, plus a more powerful Neural engine. With all-day battery life, this iPad can handle multiple tasks simultaneously and has more than enough processing power for students at the primary school level.

It’s one of the most affordable models in the market, making its price point suitable for schools to buy in bulk for large BYOD deployments. As a bonus, it’s compatible with the Apple Smart Keyboard and the first-generation Apple Pencil, which can increase the number of ways learners can use applications on the iPad.

It comes with many built-in features useful for primary education. With Speak Selection, students have the freedom to highlight text or use the Speak option to have the text read out loud to them. They can use Speak Screen to read the entire content on the screen, which increases language exposure to younger learners.

With Dictation, students can talk to their iPad, which will write that information for them. Learners are no longer limited to only writing or typing, which encourages them to practice their speaking skills.

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Supporting Secondary school students

Like Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School, East Hills Technology High School in  Sydney, Australia, also implemented an iPad program for students in years 7, 8, 9, and 10 back in 2014. Students were given access to technology and interactive textbooks when learning in the classroom and at home.

After two years, East Hills reported student academic improvement on the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy exams for reading, numeracy, spelling, and grammar. In year 9 students, there was a 32% increase in reading scores, 22% increase in numeracy scores, 13% increase in spelling, and 9% in grammar scores.

Secondary students start getting into a more complex and layered analysis of what they’re learning. They're starting to use processor-heavy applications, calling for a better chip, especially when experimenting with different media formats and taking more photos and videos.

The iPad Air (5th generation) is the next step up from the 10.2-inch iPad, fitting for students who are starting to use it as an extension of how they explore the world around them. It's supercharged by the Apple M1 chip, which has better graphics and is 60% faster than the previous generation, giving secondary students the ability to do more and launch heavier apps.

The storage options on the iPad Air go up to 256GB for media storage and editing, complement by a display with a higher resolution compared to the 10.2-inch iPad. It’s also compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio.

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Supporting Tertiary school students

According to a survey, over 99% of the 2,035 students in the study reported owning laptops. Just over half of the students owned tablets, with the most preferring iPads over other tablet devices (32.5%). Although laptop ownership and preference remain pervasive among students, many still prefer viewing and interacting with learning material using an iPad compared to other tablets and smartphone devices.

Tertiary students are at the stage where they can purchase devices based on their own needs and approach them as a personal investment. The device should withstand an entire university course, both build and processing power. Ideally, students are looking for a device that can last all day long to carry around to lectures and tutorials and is reliable for completing assignments. 

The iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) brings out all the big guns with a larger Liquid Retina XDR display that makes university readings crisp and clear, making it easy to annotate with the Apple Pencil. The 11-inch model is the ideal screen size versus the smaller 9.7-inch model and bigger 12.9-inch model.

The M1 chip with a next-generation Neural engine delivers mind-blowing speed, excellent graphics and an all-day battery. Students can get models with up to 2TB of storage to store all the reference materials needed for an entire course. With 5G connectivity, the iPad Pro has super-fast downloads and high-quality streaming of online university courses. It’s also compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio.

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