iPad in the classroom: new study, new results, better score
iPads in classroom?
Time reports about a recent study: iPad 2 helped score better tests results.
Any comment needed?
A new study shows that students who use iPads in the classroom score better in literacy tests than those who don’t. As previously reported, educators in Auburn, Maine began instructing 266 kindergarteners using the iPad 2 this fall, and those who used the tablet scored higher on literacy tests and were more enthused about learning, according to Apple blog TUAW.
We strongly advice you to read this too: Apple’s Textbooks: Undeniably Cool, But Will They Help Students?.
Education is such a hot topic that we needn’t be fooled by cool gadgets (like the iPad), but we must foresee and exploit its full potential as an incredibile educational and knowledge tool, just like those textbooks created using iBooks Author.
It’ll be interesting to see if Apple’s effort to jump into the educational market ultimately proves successful (and creates yet another generation of Apple users). In 10 years, tablets in the classroom may be the norm, not the exception.
Our pick is that iPad may have still a novelty halo that makes it so appealing, but newer educational tools are under development and will change the game, and perception, of how people can learn.