The tenth grade (ko ichi) and eleventh grade (ko ni) students got iPads this year to use in class and to help them study. It's hard to believe that five years ago most people were still using flip phones (gara-kei) and now we have these amazing tools. I don't own an iPad, but I think the new ones are pretty cool. They are very thin and light, and they have beautiful screens.
There are a lot of really useful apps for studying and now our students can use them, too. In class the iPads allow students to collaborate on reports or projects more easily, and it allows them to do their work more quickly. iPads have a lot of potential and it will be fun to see how our students use them.