The iPad is one of the most attractive and popular among all educational tools. It helps students to enhance their learning experience. The iPad is unique for teachers as well, for it helps teachers to easily deal with a huge amount of work and tasks in an effective and time consuming way. Teachers like to use the iPad as it diminishes the paper work and helps them to arrange all the assignments in a proper, controllable order.
Of course it is a big debate whether to use the iPad in education. It seems evident that the iPad is a beneficial tool that rises student achievement both in humanitarian subjects and hard sciences (Some Interesting iPad, 2016). On the contrary not all the countries can afford the cost of the iPad for the whole education system. However, I am acquainted with one country that seems eager to use the iPad in its education system for the nearest future.
The country I am writing about is the Land of the Great Steppe – Kazakhstan. Since iPad was invented in 2012 Kazakhstan seemed open to an idea to apply it for the state’s education system. Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) and Bilim “Білім” Innovational Lyceums (BIL) are the brightest examples of the iPad practice in Kazakhstani context. As a graduate of a pedagogical institute I had an amazing opportunity to conduct pedagogical practice in these schools where I witnessed students and teachers which were eager for education mainly because of the iPad – the tool that created a passion in education!
“Education is under my fingertips!” – it was one of the many delight responses that I get from students during an English lesson that I conducted with the help of iPad. There were so many useful applications that replaced the usual and boring way to learn English. For instance applications like Chicktionary, Grammar Up, Writing Prompts and Wordflex made a difference for the quality of the lessons (The use of the iPad, 2016). All I could see in the eyes of my students was as Kazakh people tend to say: “burning eyes” (көздері жанып тұр) which only could mean their eagerness to learn.
To sum up it is obvious that the iPad is an educational tool that can affect to the quality of the whole education system of any country. So if the country can afford the iPad why not to teach students who are curious and will pronounce happily: “Education is under my fingertips!”?!