All signs point to the iPad becoming a more prominent fixture in schools at all levels, especially with Apple iTunes U app and iBooks 2 interactive textbooks. In March, McAllen Independent School District in Texas started the distribution of 6,800 Apple devices, and its ultimate plan is to offer each student a device within the next year, totaling 25,000. Manhattan Beach Unified School District bought one iPad for every dozen students in grades 5 through 12 last fall, and the San Diego Unified School District purchased almost 20,000 iPads for students this spring.
As a result, app developers and accessory-makers are creating more iPad products for students than ever before. Thinking about taking your iPad to school—or want to get your child’s tablet ready? These are the tools to get.
This popular storage service saves photos, documents and videos in the cloud, so your dog couldn’t possibly eat their homework. With Dropbox, you can access your documents and schoolwork on your iPad, laptop or smartphone, and the service integrates with all sorts of apps, from Apple’s iWork and iA Writer (see below) to Quickoffice.