The iPad is a tool that could change the way in which teachers prepare and deliver instruction in the K-12 environment.
But, while proponents tout its capabilities, school administrators run the risk of purchasing yet another tool without
understanding its potential impacts on the teacher, students, and classroom environment. This study used iPads to
implement a four-month professional development program aimed at helping teachers integrate technology into their
classrooms. The iPads were deployed to classroom teachers in the science department at a suburban high school.
Professional development was tailored to the teachers' interests, and was followed by individual interviews by the project
leader. Results of the study showed that while teachers are open to new technologies, their focus is more on teaching
considerations than on professional development. The study also indicated that teachers have difficulty considering
incorporating a single device into a classroom of multiple students. It is recommended that this study be replicated,
without the technical problems, on a larger scale and in subject areas beyond the sciences.