iPad in education classroom School in Belgium makes iPad mandatory

A very radical idea has been deployed in Belgium by the Sint-Jozef school of commerce, in which the school is making it mandatory for all 710 of its student to have an iPad before school starts on September 3.

A very radical idea has been deployed in Belgium by the Sint-Jozef school of commerce, in which the school is making it mandatory for all 710 of its student to have an iPad before school starts on September 3. 

It seems as if the school has completely done away with the traditional print textbooks, and instead the school’s entire curriculum will revolve around the iPad.  The idea of having to only carry around an iPad at school is awesome, but certainly the cost of an iPad becomes a factor.

Parents and students may be concerned with the costs of an iPad, but the school is reported to have a plan in place for families that cannot afford the Apple tablet.  The school will have a leasing program in which students can loan out an iPad for $150 per school year, and after three years of payments the student may keep the device.

Schoolbooks are certainly expensive, with many textbooks ranging in the hundreds of dollars, but a whole school year worth of textbooks may cost just as much (if not more) than an iPad.  The plan itself is cost effective in the long-run, but the only problem now is making sure students aren’t using the gadget for Facebook and Angry Birds during class.

Source: RTBF via MacTrast