BROCKTON – It’s the third day of the new school year at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton and things are a little different. Sure, things are always a little different at the start of school – new clothes, new students, new inches added over the summer – but as Lyndsey Ballard’s Algebra 2 class gets under way, a student announces that she forgot to do part of her homework. She forgot to charge her iPad.
Cardinal Spellman, like a growing number of schools across the country — including Archbishop Williams in Braintree and Sacred Heart School in Kingston — has brought the tablet computer into the classroom. Each Spellman student was issued an iPad this year as the school moves away from traditional textbooks and worksheets and into the multimedia age. The school leases the $500 devices from Apple; they are insured against damage and loss, and parents were charged a $150 technology fee.