You know from experience that when you enjoy a subject, learning about that subject is easier, more fun, and you retain the information longer. Getting kids to enjoy learning is more productive to education efforts than spending more money, lengthening school days, you name it. This is the reason many educators are excited about the possibilities inherent to the iPad. More than 600 school districts in America have brought iPads into the classroom. Had they waited a bit longer, they could have taken advantage of studies like these to know whether the iPad movement is the wave of the future of education, or a waste of valuable resources.
- Motion Math in Class: Just five days of playing Motion Math for 20 minutes each day raised fifth graders’ fractions test scores 15%, and also raised their “liking” of fractions by 10%.
- HMH Fuse Algebra 1: After a full school year of study, the results showed nearly 20% more iPad users than non-iPad users scored “proficient” or better on the district algebra exam.
- ACU Connected: students who annotate text on the iPad score 25% higher on questions involving transferring information
- Beyond Textbooks: increased both student independence and collaboration, and allowed teachers to be more facilitators than fact-deliverers
- Pepperdine University: findings of increased student engagement
- Reed College iPad study: strongly favored the iPad for annotating text and referring to notes for in-class discussions.
- Step Forward iPad Pilot Project: They found 80% of students preferred the iPad
- iPad Initiative at the University of Minnesota:every Freshman has one
- Notre Dame e-reader study: focusing on creating an environment for simple, free creation and sharing of e-materials
- Oklahoma State University iPad Pilot Program:felt iPads trumped laptops for certain professional uses.
- University of Cincinnati:in the science, math, and technology fields, instructors with a clear objective for iPads can derive benefit from incorporating them into their teaching.
- Unlocking Literacy with iPad: He discovered the students with access were more likely to pass reading and writing standardized tests, had more motivation to learn, and wrote longer essays on the iPad than they would on paper.
- Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop High School: This school in Minnesota distributed 375 iPads to students and counted the experiment enough of a success to continue.
- University of Toronto: iPad’s ability to swipe and click and manipulate the screen is improving the communications skills of non-verbal kids.
- Zeeland Public Schools:teachers raved about its ability to engage students and let them focus on teaching, not managing.
- Canby School District pilot program: This Oregon school district gave out 25 iPads to teachers and 300 to students of all grade levels
- The Educational Potential of Mobile Computing in the Field:Researchers studied the use of mobile devices, including iPads and HP tablet PCs,
- Stanford School of Medicine: Stanford’s School of Medicine lent an iPad to every student in August 2010.
- Study Claims iPad App Boosts Student Math Skills
- School district eyes iPads to improve students’ math scores
- Students Equipped With An iPad Score Higher Than Peers In Tests
- iPad trial for students in 2 Charleston county schools
- Evaluating the iPad for Education
- iPad-assisted learning replaces summer school for at-risk students
- 500 iPad’s distributed in statewide trial in Austrialia!
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