Why is the demand for refurbished iPads greater than refurbished iPhones these days?
Since the introduction of the iPhone® in 2007, more and more people find it difficult to navigate their day without one. Today, nearly every adult, teen, and an increasing number of older children have a smartphone, with iPhone leading the way.
So, you’d think the greatest demand for Apple® devices would be iPhones. But the demand for refurbished iPad® tablets is actually significantly greater, even though fewer people have iPads. And that demand only continues to grow. The question is, what’s fueling that growth?
In a word? Teachers.
Educators around the country have enthusiastically embraced iPads, seeing them as critical teaching tools. And educators are often very specific about their enthusiasm for iPads, because the OS makes it easy for children to use and get the most out of it. That’s why teachers consistently ask parents to donate refurbished iPads to the classroom.
In fact, when you consider that studies continue to show the iPad having a positive effect on children’s ability to learn, it could be considered among the great innovations in education, taking its place alongside the chalkboard in the 19 th century and the overhead projector in the 20th. And it makes sense why more school than ever have asked parents to donate iPads.
So, let’s take a look at just what an iPad can really do in the classroom.
The effect of iPads in the classroom
Since the iPad was introduced in 2010, studies have shown the positive impact on learning just about any subject. From kindergarten through high school, the stats showing educational benefits have been pretty impressive.
It starts in grade school. In Maine, for instance, kindergarteners using iPads scored higher on literacy tests over students who didn’t use them. In a joint study between Apple and Houghton Mifflin, California middle school students who switched from traditional textbooks to iPads saw a 20% increase in math test scores from one year to the next. And a study from KIPP Academy in Houston Texas, showed a 49% increase in passing grades for classrooms that “flipped” from traditional textbooks to iPads. 
And the advantages continue through high school, college, and beyond. One national survey found that over 6 in 10 high school seniors  and college students agreed using a tablet helped them study more efficiently and perform better in class. And the University of California Medical School at Irvine saw that medical students using iPads scored 23% higher on national exams than previous classes without iPads.
Finally, in a survey conducted by Open Colleges in Australia, 81% of teachers agreed that iPads can enrich classroom learning, while 86% of students agreed that iPads can help them study more effectively.
While we may never know how much of the iPad’s effectiveness is a function of what the device does or simply the enthusiasm teachers and students have for it. But does that really matter? It clearly has a positive effect on education. And that alone makes it essential in the modern classroom.
What the iPad can do in the classroom
While statistics are impressive, we have to look at how the iPad achieves those results. So, let’s look at how the iPad can be used in the classroom. Unlike the obvious limitations of a traditional textbook, using an iPad in a classroom is limited only by the teacher’s imagination, which can be astounding.
Help identify classroom needs
As any educator will tell you, every student is different. They learn in different ways, and at different times. But a traditional textbook can only teach in one way, while the iPad is far more flexible. Some teachers use iPad apps to poll students on what they understand about a topic, and what they don’t. This data allows teachers to spend more time focusing on the lessons that are tougher for their students.
Go deeper into the material
The interactive nature of the iPad offers new ways to explore lessons and dive deeper than ever before. In math, for instance, iPad videos and step-by-step demonstrations allow students to break down math problems to see how they are solved. It’s possible to have experiences that were once out of reach. While actually visiting a place is the best way to learn about it, that’s not possible for many students. But, teachers can use the iPad to take students on “virtual field trips” over Skype. This allows students to interact with guides and ask questions at locations as varied as Yellowstone National Park or England’s Royal Navy Museum. Finally, the iPad allows teachers to create compelling interactive classroom presentations that incorporate images, video, and more.
Make learning personal and relevant
The biggest hurdle in education is making the material relevant to the student. And, this may well be where the real power of the iPad lies. The iPad has been shown, for instance, to engage disinterested students in lively and unexpected ways. The Marvel ® Comics app, for example, has been shown to get students excited about reading, while the Strip Designer app takes it a step further and allows students to create their own comics. Many teachers even include games in their curricula. Some use games to get students interested in writing by allowing them to play games such as Minecraft® or the motorcycle game Bike Baron®, then have them write a story based on their experience in the game. Other teachers have been known to go even further, using the game Angry Birds® to teach physics lessons on velocity and acceleration.
Popular education apps
While educators are understandably excited about the vast potential the iPad offers in the classroom, parents should be equally excited. Knowing the types of apps that are available can go a long way toward convincing any parent that donating refurbished iPads for the classroom is a great idea. Here’s a tiny sample of some great classroom apps for the iPad.
With the Skitch app, teachers can bring material to life by writing text or drawing directly onto photos, maps, and other images.
KidPix is all new with everything a budding artist needs to tell stories and create amazing adventures. By combining video imagery and illustration with its new 3D capabilities, and over a hundred movie backgrounds, stories will run, fly, and leap right off the screen.
Created by the National Science Foundation, this app gathers news, articles, and videos from around the world about scientific research on a wide range of topics.
Using Augmented Reality, Star Walk brings outer space right into the classroom to track stars, constellations, satellites, even a specific star, moon or planet.
The Electric Company® Wordball
Using video clips from The Electric Company® integrated into its games, Wordball helps teach phonics lessons to beginning readers in K-4.
MyWiT® can help you donate iPads
There’s little doubt that iPads have transformed education for both students and educators. From making classrooms more efficient, to breathing new life into lessons, the iPad is making learning fun and easier. And, you can help bring that transformation to even more classrooms and students.
The refurbished iPads that MyWiT sells have been inspected and repaired so they look and run like new. Buying and donating refurbished iPads to a school is a cost-effective way to help teachers educate children and give kids the edge they need to learn. And, buying in bulk lowers the price even further while providing those advantages to even more students.
If you really want to help schools, take a look at all the refurbished iPads currently available on MyWiT.com.
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