WORCESTER, Mass. - Bill Gates himself couldn't persuade Scott R. Reisinger to assign a laptop to every student, but that same resister will soon require students to use iPads.
Reisinger, headmaster of the private Bancroft School, is thrilled with the multitalented tablet that will soon populate the book bags and desks around him.
"I've never been as excited about a piece of technology," he
It boots up immediately, helps students organize their work and thoughts, allows students to write with a stylus on the screen, doesn't put up a barrier between students and their peers and teachers and allows for auditory or visual learning.
But the clincher, he
said, was when he
sat down with one about six months ago to see how it might help him create a U.S. history lesson.
found primary sources, textbooks to download and, through iTunes U
, a lecture from a friend at Yale University
It was a different story in 1987, when Reisinger was assistant head of school at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Conn.
listened to Gates' presentation but decided against issuing laptops to every student.
felt the screens worked against a "good and healthy discussion," and the time to boot up would take away from class time.