Since their release in April of 2010, Apple’s iPads have taken the US by storm. iPads have swept through almost every industry, especially education. Apple is pushing for iPad use in education, and several schools across the US have taken up the charge. The proliferation of iPads in the classroom will only keep accelerating. With these powerful mobile devices come a lot of possible benefits for educators and students alike. We all know iPads are exciting and there is a plethora of engaging apps for them out there, but do they actually improve education?
There have been many interesting studies done about iPads and the effects on both students and teachers. I’ve pulled together a list of various study results regarding using iPads in the classroom below. Check out just how much of an influence studies show they are having on education.
A research study, conducted in Auburn, Maine showed that Kindergartner students using iPads scored much higher on literacy tests than students that didn’t use the device. Source: TUAW - Tweet this interesting stat from @TUAW
According to Pearson Foundation’s survey More than six in ten college students and high school seniors agree that tablets help students to study more efficiently (66% and 64%) and help students to perform better in classes (64% and 63%). Source: Pearson Foundation - Tweet this stat from @PFoundation
A study from KIPP Academy in Houston, TX showed the percentage of students who rated either proficient or advanced (the 'passing' rate) was 49% percent higher in the 'flipped classrooms' using the iPads than in the traditional classrooms with no iPads. Source: TUAW - Tweet this stat from @TUAW
In a study done by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in California showed that students using iPads saw their math test scores increase 20% in one year compared to students using traditional textbooks. Source: CNN Tech - Tweet this stat from @CNNTech
At Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids, MN, iPads in the classroom have led to increased engagement among disabled students and have accelerated and improved their learning and comprehension. Source: Star Tribune - Tweet this stat from @StarTribune
Another study centered on an iPad game, Motion Math, has shown that the iPad can help with fundamental math skills. Fifth graders who regularly played the game for 20 minutes per day over a five-day period increased their test scores by 15 percent on average. Source: Game Desk - Tweet this stat from @GameDesk
iPad technology in the classroom can be a powerful tool for learning and comprehension. The interactivity it provides can make for a very engaging experience, definitely for elementary school aged students. I think we will only continue to hear more studies and stories about how the use of iPads in the classroom is improving education. Classroom technology like iPads really does make an incredible learning tool.
If your school is considering bringing iPads to your school wireless network through either BYOD, 1:1, or some combination of the two, and are in need of some guidance contact us here for a free consultation. At SecurEdge we are experts in implementing classroom technology like the iPad. We have worked with schools all over the US and are always happy to help. You can also check out our Free eBook: How to Prepare your Network for iPads in the Classroom as a good resource. Good luck!