My iPad Experience By Shaylen A.

This is awesome! We are the first people to use the iPads at Durham Academy. Although there are some classes that we don’t use them in, I’m going to list the classes we do use them in. For example, we use them so much in Language Arts for projects etc. When doing our projects we use Skitch, Pages, Keynote, Evernote, Google Drive etc. We also copy our homework down in Reminders. Another class we use them in is Spanish. We use Evernote, Translator, and Reminders. I have enjoyed the iPads and am looking forward to them next year.


iPads By Davi

This year at Durham Academy, every middle school student received an iPad. I think one of the ultimate goals of the school was to go completely paperless. This goal was not met. I am not saying that the iPads were a bad thing; they were amazing; a great help in studying and checking homework. It’s just that the iPads didn’t lessen the weight of our books, it increased it. The Otter Box that the iPads are in weighed too much. Not all textbooks were online, and those that were required Adobe Flash.

Despite all of these complaints, the good outweighs the bad (as it always should). I use the iPad in every class. I use it to check homework, and to study for quizzes. The iPad is much lighter than a computer (even with the Otter Box), and much easier to carry. Even though Adobe and Apple don’t agree (no Flash), most Internet things can still be done, with the exception of blocked sites. Looking back on the year, I realize that he iPads were a wonderful gift, and that we are lucky to have them


One Year of iPads by David

My first post was about iPads. It showed what we all thought about them. Let me guess. You just went and looked, didn’t you? If you didn’t, you will not have the proper context. Now that I am at the end of the year, I do not have to ask. I am just going to tell what I think of the iPads, fully.

I really like not having to carry around as much stuff. I do not need a planner, so i just write all of my homework on Evernote. It lets me save stuff in the cloud, so I do not have to worry about using it. It is fast, and it would have been better than carrying around a bulky, heavy, old and slow laptop.

However, with great power comes great responsibility…….which is constantly hard to use. Lots of times, I have seen people misusing them for things like games in class, or nasty emails to other students. Not to put a black mark on them, but although the iPads are a great learning tool, outside of learning, they are often used in ways that were not intended. We will turn them in on Friday, May 31. Then, next year, we will be back these amazing tools (although not the same ones).

Thank you, Mr. Schaefer, for helping us get through this first year of iPads!

iPad for Sixth Grade by Katie

Photo taken by Katie

I think iPads for sixth grade are very helpful. When you need to do something, like go on a website for school, you can just get out your iPad and go to the website. There are many apps to help you get your work done. One of my favorite apps is calendar because I can write down my homework for the day. Some more apps that are helpful are Sketchbook x or Doodle Buddy because for blog posts and other things, if you need to draw a picture, you can use one of the apps. My favorite app is Evernote because you can take notes on it or your teachers can put something there and you can see it. I like the iPads and think they are a helpful way for sixth graders to learn.


iPads by Batu P.

The iPads were a huge help this year. We did all of our blog posts on the iPads. We also did a lot of other projects on it too. The iPads helped another way by easily accessing Evernote and the Internet. They also provided distractions. Some people played games in class. I don’t but other people do. I think that this was a learning experience for all of us.


My iPad by Kay Y.







Photo taken by me.

This year we were given iPads from our school and at first I wasn’t sure of them. They were hard to use and each app had different things necessary: some you have to save, some synchronize, some there’s nothing at all. But as the year went on I learned more about the iPads, I figured out how to use a lot of the apps, and my friends and teachers helped me when they didn’t work. Some of the most helpful apps that I use everyday are: Evernote, Reminders, Blogsy, Google Drive, and the Camera. I use reminders to write my homework down, and Evernote to take notes in class and have a backup copy of what the homework is. Blogsy I use in language arts class for our class blog to create my posts. At one point or another I have used Google Drive in almost every class. Google Drive allows us to collaborate with other classmates, share with teachers, and access our work from any device with Internet connection. I use the camera to take pictures of the board for class and notes.


iPads by Miriam D.



Photo taken by Miriam D.

I can’t believe it is almost the end of the year!!! This was our first year using the iPad program. I can honestly say that I liked it A LOT more than I thought I would. When I first heard about it, I thought there was no way on earth that this could possibly work, but it did! They did a really good job using a program that could easily go very wrong. At least form what I heard, all of the iPads that were lost were found. There was only one big mistake that happened with the iPads this year, which is impressive considering they gave over three hundred kids very expensive iPads. There were DEFINITELY a lot less bad things that happened than were anticipated. But next year, they are saying they are going to put the textbooks on the iPads, which I am COMPLETELY AGAINST!!!!!!! But who knows, it could turn out to be good, but probably not.


iPads By Neil M







In the 6th grade I have used the iPads in every class. In Language Arts I use the iPad app Evernote to write down homework and write definitions for vocabulary words. Membean can also be used on the iPad. Science class doesn’t often include the use of the iPad but when we do it is to write down homework or do homework. iPads in math class are used to take practice quizzes. In history we make Keynotes and in French we take notes on the iPad. We have done a lot on the iPads and will continue doing so in the 7th grade.


iPads by Noah

iPads were very helpful in my sixth grade year. I used it in many classes like Language Arts, history, math, Spanish and science. In Language Arts class, we used it every day for blogging and vocabulary lists and many other things. In history, I use it for researching places for projects. In math class, we don’t use it very much but when we do need it for things like practice quizzes, the iPads are very very useful. In Spanish we use our iPads to study new vocabulary. Finally, in science class we had an online textbook that we used for our animals unit. Overall, iPads were very useful this year and this year wouldn’t have been the same at all without iPads.


iPads in 6th Grade By Joanna

In 6th grade, we used iPads. iPads were useful in class and at home/study hall. In classes we used them to read books, to put up blog posts, to do class work, and much more. The class we used iPads in the least was probably Science or History. The class we used the iPads in the most was probably Language Arts or Spanish. In all of our classes, we wrote down the homework on the iPad apps using either calendar, Evernote, or reminders. These were very useful for homework because you would have Spanish homework, Language Arts homework, and what the homework actually was that day, all in one little bundle of iPadness. iPads in 6th grade were very useful and kind of fun.