The new ipad: Introducing the new iPad. With a stunning Retina display, 5MP (megapixel) iSight camera, and ultra-fast 4G LTE. The device that changed everything is now changing the classroom. The iPad inspires creativity and hands-on learning, with features you won’t find in any other educational tool, and on a device that students really want to use. Powerful built-in apps and apps from the App Store like iTunes U, allow students to engage with content in interactive ways. *Photo suppled
The new ipad: Introducing the new iPad. With a stunning Retina display, 5MP (megapixel) iSight camera, and ultra-fast 4G LTE.
The device that changed everything is now changing the classroom. The iPad inspires creativity and hands-on learning, with features you won’t find in any other educational tool, and on a device that students really want to use.
Powerful built-in apps and apps from the App Store like iTunes U, allow students to engage with content in interactive ways. *Photo suppled

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I used to think ‘Back to School’ meant the end of summer and the end of my freedom. 

Sure, I’m always excited to see my friends again and my teachers (well okay, just some of them). But the prospect of taking lots of notes in class, and having my backpack stuffed with heavy books, listening to lectures and retreating to hours-and-hours of study can be an unexciting prospect. Don’t get me wrong, I love learning. I feel like my brain, at this point in my life is only five five per cent full. If it were an elastic band I think I could just keep stretching it with more and more knowledge.

So I began thinking: Why should going back to school mean the end of my freedom? And what freedoms am I talking about? 

Summer holidays allow us to be, well, us. That is, young people exploring who we are as well as the things and people around us. 

Summers give us the opportunity to slow down a bit and to discover things we knew little or nothing about when the holiday began.

I can almost feel my brain cells that handle creativity doubling in size or number (biologically speaking, I’m not sure which it is) during the two month break from school. And, I notice I take time to communicate more with family and friends during summer holidays.

Of course my thought processes, being what they are, became even more wildly intrigued with this concept of freedom. My life has become almost completely immersed in technology.  The way I interact with my world is with technology. 

I know the debate still rages as to whether or not our dependence on technology is destroying our social skills but, I’m not going to go there. Let’s face it, today’s students have grown up completely immersed in technology. Can you imagine what our schools would be like if we could use laptops and iPads all the time? School wouldn’t be so boring, that’s for sure.

Research has shown that the top ten ways to inspire others to be their best are to be a good example, to care about others, encourage others, be inspired yourself, share your experiences, be vulnerable, tell stories, be a good communicator, challenge people and to read. Technology helps me in a real way to inspire others.

The next brain wave I had this summer came when I was on my iPad. I realized that it was my Apple products that allowed me all the freedom to explore, discover, create, collaborate and to communicate. And just because summer has ended it didn’t mean my freedom had to go too. After all, I still have Apple.

Now join me in exploring this subject of brain cells and creativity. Maybe my biology teacher will have a Multi-Touch textbook on iPad. That would be cool.

Morgan Smith is the 15-year-old daughter of Tim Smith, CEO of AF Smith. For more information on back to school products and to learn how Apple is engaging students, see www.afsmith.bm or call 292-1882. AF Smith is located at 7 Tumkins Lane, off Woodlands Road, and at 8 Reid Street, Hamilton. Life’s short. Love your (school) work. Here are some items from AF Smith store...

School materials from AF Smith:

  • Classic colour Crayola crayon packs, $1.50 per box
    Bright, quality Crayola crayons in peggable box produce brilliant, even colours. Each crayon measures 3.5/8 inches long x 5/16 inches diameter.
    The crayons are permanent, waterproof and certified AP Non-Toxic, conforming to ASTM D-4236.
  • Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Scientific Calculator, $209
    The TI-84 Plus Scientific Calculator offers a built-in USB port, an improved display and preloaded applications designed to maximize student performance in numerous subjects. This includes geometry, statistics, algebra, physics, chemistry and biology.
    Preloaded calculator software applications include topics in Algebra 1 and Vernier EasyData.
    This calculator has 480K (kilobytes) of flash memory, 24K of RAM memory, an internal clock with date and time display, 14 interactive zoom features and an eight-line by 16-character display.
    It also includes TI Connectivity Cable. The built-in USB port and external cable allow easy, fast data transfers between linked calculations and computers, as well as unit-to-unit file sharing capabilities.
    The calculator graphs have 10 rectangular functions, six parametric expressions, six polar expressions and three recursively defined sequences.
    Powered by four AAA batteries, there is also a Silver Oxide battery back-up to protect the RAM memory during any change of the main battery.
  • The new iPad, from $699
    Introducing the new iPad. With a stunning Retina display, 5MP (megapixel) iSight camera, and ultra-fast 4G LTE.
    The device that changed everything is now changing the classroom. The iPad inspires creativity and hands-on learning, with features you won’t find in any other educational tool, and on a device that students really want to use.

AF Smith, 7 Tumkins Lane and 8 Reid Street, Hamilton. To order online go to www.afsmith.bm . Any questions? E-mail help@afsmith.bm  or call 292-1882.