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Don’t Put That iPad Away

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
  • We have all heard our teachers exclaim, “put that cell phone away”, or “nothing should be on your desk besides your pen and paper.”
  • Today this is unusual, as schools evolve into the new age, technology is a mainstay in the classroom.
  • More and more schools are jumping on the digital bandwagon. One imperative piece of technology that has affected many classrooms, is the iPad, which is now utilized on a daily basis.
  • The numbers don’t lie, and it has been statistically proven that the iPad can be a valuable tool in educating any age group.
  • In a partnership with Apple, textbook publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt conducted a study using an iPad text for an Algebra 1 course, and their results showed that 20 percent more students (78 percent compared to 59 percent) scored ‘Proficient’ or ‘Advanced’ in subject comprehension when using tablets rather than paper textbook counterparts.
  • Students seem to be responding to content better through technology, and engaging with material in a whole new way.
  • When students see a five pound Algebra textbook they may cringe their teeth, and feel discouraged, but when they see an iPad equipped with the same material they feel a sense of relief. 
  • Another benefit is group collaboration. Students are encouraged to use their iPad’s to ask questions, and learn from a larger audience. 
  • Social media (Twitter, Diigo, etc.) allows for students to connect with one another outside of the classroom. 
  • Using iPads in the classroom will benefit all types of learners. Most importantly it will encourage students to share their ideas, and open up a new learning forum.