8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education

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.

students using iPads in the classroom1.) 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

2.) University of California Irvine medical school reported iPad equipped medical students scored 23 percent higher on national exams than previously unequipped classes. Source: MobiHealthNews - Tweet this stat from @MobiHealthNews 

high school students with ipads in the classroom, 3.) 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

4.) 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  

  • students working together using ipads, 5.) 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 

6.) A study at Oklahoma State University concluded that 75% of students agreed that the iPad enhanced their learning experience. Source: Oklahoma State University News - Tweet this stat from @OkStateNews 

7.) 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

8.) According to Open Colleges, 81% of U.S teachers think tablets can enrich classroom learning, and 86% of students believe that tablets can help them to study more efficiently. Source: Open Colleges - Tweet this stat from @OpenCollegesAU

Using tablets in the classroom can be powerful tools for learning and comprehension. The interactivity it provides can make for a very engaging experience for students of all ages.

I think we will only continue to hear more studies and stories about how the use of iPads in the classroom are improving education.

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Ashley Wainwright

Ashley Wainwright

Ashley is a Marketing Coordinator at SecurEdge Networks. She loves cooking and everything there is about being a mom.

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