iPads in the Classroom: do they really bring value?
eSchoolNews closed out the year by reviewing the top articles and topics from 2016. One of the most popular views was What Does Research Really Say about iPads in the Classroom, in which research findings are pitted against actual classroom experiences.
In short, iPads are a proven and effective tool...but only when used properly...
|Research Finding||Actual Classroom Experience|
Digital natives can use iPads just fine. (Prensky, 2006)
This is an assumption and many "younger" teachers have a hard time leveraging technology...at least at first.
|iPads improve classroom learning. (Maich & Hall, 2016)||iPads aid in improving learning because they facilitate project based learning...not because they are iPads.|
|iPads improve student engagement.||Yep, they do...especially for problem learners.|
|iPads level the playing field for all students.||Yep, they do...especially for project based learning.|
iPads are just one asset in a growing toolbox of technology solutions for educators. They join interactive whiteboards, media players, voice lift systems and a myriad of other devices aimed at learning improvement.