IPad issues are forcing teachers to return to textbooks

Colin Mackenzie, Social Media Editor

Portage High School began integrating iPads into their schools’ class during 2015. Three years later, these same iPads are becoming less reliable than in years past, and some people are returning to an older, more traditional source for learning, books.

The students have been using these devices for well over three years now, and in that time, technology has progressed to a point that the Ipads have become slightly less than what they used to be.

Students and teachers alike have begun to return to books for an easier and more conventional learning style. Usually, the reason is that the sources students need to use could be blocked or have slow response times on the iPads. Student Cristyna Rodriguez is holding steadfast to this idea.

“It’s just easier to find what you need than to repeatedly having to go to different websites,” Rodriguez said.

Several other students share the same opinion as Rodriguez. Aleyah Rebac has a similar view on books over Ipads.

“A lot of people do not even use their Ipads,” Rebac said. “Usually because it’s broken, left at home, or dead. It’s a bother using them because usually the Wifi does not work. Books can be so much better, they are just there and easier to find information, along with not costing as much when they get damaged.”

Restrictions set in the Ipads have also caused some problems for the flow of learning in the classroom. Katherine Wagner has some problems with the blocking of websites.

“You don’t have to worry about the information being blocked on a book, but on Ipads you really have to,” Wagner said.

Not just the iPads are causing trouble. Students are also finding trouble with the Wifi. Katherine Wagner had something to say on the subject.

“The WiFi’s very slow, even on conference,” Wagner said. “PTSsecure will even just disconnect from the iPads sometimes. [Books] would be a lot easier because we don’t have to worry about the internet. If we need to do something online, we could use our phones or the laptops instead. The physical iPads have problems as well because some people can’t even type on the screens.”

Many of the batteries in the Ipads are also degrading. As time has gone on, the life of the batteries has been shortened increasingly.

“I’ve had my iPad for a year now, and since then, the battery’s gone down dramatically.” Wagner stated.

Not only students are against the state of technology. Teachers, such as Jessica Munden, are preferring textbooks.

“The technology is unreliable, but they are making strides and doing their best to improve.” Munden said. “Kids want textbooks, teachers want textbooks, and the kids do better with textbooks.”

The iPads were a technological leap for the education system when they were introduced. Nowadays, many are seeing flaws in the sleek, but bugged, tablets as something less than the books that had come before.