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iPads in Education


Getting Started

This libguide focuses on the use of the iPad in education and specifically the iPad as a resource tool for teachers. The apps listed on this guide are specific to apps found on ERC iPads.

iPad Loans

The ERC has iPads for loan to members of the Boston College community. The iPads circulate for four days or 2 hours. Patrons cannot reserve individual iPads in advance as they are handled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Check Holmes, the online catalog, to see how many are available.

The ERC also has three Classroom Set of iPads that are designed to be used as a teaching tool in a classroom. A Classroom Set includes 6 iPads which must be checked out together.  A Classroom Set circulates for four days and may be reserved in advance.  Please see the ERC Circulation Desk for further details or reservations.


​Here are just a few suggested uses for iPads in the classroom:

  • Centers
  • Fluency practice
  • Collaborative learning
  • Internet research
  • Feedback devices
  • Classroom management
  • Flipped classroom
  • Personalized learning
  • Create stories
  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Mind mapping

Suggestions for ERC iPads

To suggest an app to be added to the ERC iPads or to provide any feedback on the ERC iPads, please email

4 Day Loan Policy


All digital equipment with a 4 day loan may be borrowed for only FOUR DAYS.

The fine for overdue digital equipment is:

  • $10 non-refundable charge for 1 piece of equipment every day it is overdue
  • $20 non-refundable charge for a set of equipment every day it is overdue (a set is 1 piece of technology, ie. camcorder, iPad, digital voice recorder, etc., plus its supporting components)

For example:

If only a camcorder is 3 days overdue than there is a $30 charge.

If a camcorder and any of its components (battery, power adapter, firewire cable, etc.) are 3 days overdue than there is $60 charge.

When charges are billed to Boston College Student Accounts, the borrower is responsible for all charges associated with each item.  The charges are dependent on the cost of replacing the particular item that is overdue or lost. 

There will be a replacement charge for lost bags and tags.

Overdue charges will affect borrowing privileges at all Boston College Libraries.



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