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Phase Out iPads in the Parsippany Troy-Hills School District

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We, the sophomore and junior class of Parsippany-Hills High School, demand the right to peaceably petition to phase out iPads of the PTHSD School District, and revoke the sudden switch to Chromebooks instigated by the Board of Education. The goals of our petition are as follows:

1) To keep iPads until the current sophomore class has graduated (phasing)
2) To use the present Chromebook order for the elementary schools, rather than switch the high schoolers suddenly

The iPads should be phased out because...

1) The alternative Notability on the Chromebooks (Kami) is NOTORIOUS for crashing and deleting work
2) Teachers have gotten used to the iPad system and have based their lesson plans around the efficiency that is granted on iPads, not Chromebooks.
3)The Board expects us to learn how to use Chromebooks efficiently as we progress to JUNIOR and SENIOR year (the most crucial years). It is difficult to switch devices halfway through high school.
I.e. AP Biology (usually available to Juniors and Seniors) requires a lot of diagram drawing, which is difficult with Kami and its unofficial alternative, Google Draw.
4) Backing up multimedia from iPad is impossible and Notability backups as PDFs take up a lot of storage as we attempt to transition as the year ends
5) Students commonly take pictures when in a rush, or simply for efficiency; however, Chromebooks prove difficult to take and save pictures with, and Kami glitches when trying to edit the said photos

Elementary schools should use Chromebooks rather than iPads because…
1) iPads promote game-playing in class, and provokes a shortened attention span
2) iPad’s touch-screen writing can interfere with their pen-to-paper handwriting skills
3) Chromebooks are the superior electronic, for they can promote typing skills, whereas the keyboard-less iPad cannot

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