David Cleland on Northern Ireland’s first 1:1 iPad educational initiative

Last September, Northern Ireland’s Wallace High School launched a 1:1 iPad initiative, the country’s first, which equipped 530 students at Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14) with an iPad 2. The program has gained attention from Apple and educators worldwide, especially since Apple announced iBooks Author, textbooks in the iBookstore and its push for electronic books in the classroom.

I spoke with the school’s Vice Principal, David Cleland – a recognized Apple Distinguished Educator – about the program’s inception, adoption and progress. In short, Cleland says the 1:1 program is going “better than expected.” Staff, students and administration have embraced the iPad and iBooks Author is a big hit. Here’s my conversation with Wallace High School Vice Principal David Cleland.

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