Apple CEO Tim Cook and Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump were greeted by happy students with iPads like the two visited Wilder Elementary School in Idaho today.
But not everyone is happy with iPads that Apple gave to school as part of a grant two years ago. A small group of protesters criticized the iPad program and said that tablets actually pave the way for teacher education.
"There is no teaching involved with iPads because teachers have been asked to be hands-off and let the children learn on their own," said an unprecedented protest interview by Boise station KTVB . "They are basically told to learn themselves and they can not do that, so our (matte score) is so low."
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However, Wilder, a part of a low-income school and one of 114 schools to receive iPads through Apple's commitment to the ConnectED program, has since received national recognition for the use of technology, KTVB reported.
Cook and Trump met fifth and sixth degrees to play a fight match game the children created, according to KTVB .
Teacher Stephanie Bauer told KTVB earlier this year, which she believes the use of Apple hardware helped increase some of her student's reading points.
"It's personal to the student so they do not get bored, they do not get information that's too hard for them," Bauer said in September. "They get information that they can understand and understand so they can understand it, and I think they are moving at a faster pace."
Bauer said technology for her colleagues to break down barriers of traditional-level school.
"For example … I have another class reading all the way up to the seventh or eighth grade reading levels," she said.
The visit with Cook and Trump lasted about an hour. The president's daughter has been touring schools to study how they use technology for labor development.
Cook was the first to come to school. He was greeted by children who held iPads, each with a letter. In combination they played out "welcome."
Apple CEO asked students about their projects. One said he was making a movie.
"Who is the star in your movie?" Cook asked according to an account in Idaho Statesman . ]
The student said, "You are."