Surprise! iPads don't improve education unless you teach with them properly

Surprise! iPads don't improve education unless you teach with them properly
For a while there, iPads were having a great run as the go-to tech gadget for classrooms, at least until Chromebooks came around and people remembered that keyboards are helpful for a lot of schoolwork (the lower cost likely helped too). But one school district is giving iPads credit for a significant rise in graduation rates over the last five years. In the Coachella Valley Unified School District, a $42 million program supplied iPads to all 20,000 students in 2011 and the superintendent claims that effort directly led to an increase in graduation rates from 65% in 2011 to 82% last year. 

Of course, not everyone is so convinced. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said students who use tablets and computers heavily actually tend to underperform compared to those who use them moderately. And, University of Michigan professor Elliot Soloway said classroom computers don't help because schools bring in the technology without changing the curriculum or teaching methods. 

Apple wants to improve the situation though, and has been sending employees to each school for 17 days per year to train teachers, recommend apps, and help prepare lessons and teaching techniques. Additionally, the report says Apple is providing each student at 114 schools with an iPad, teachers with iPads and MacBook computers, and classrooms with Apple TVs. Some schools have seen Apple build Wi-Fi networks. 

The efforts by Apple have been touted as unprecedented, so we'll have to see if they pay off. 

source: WSJ



1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

surprise? what surprise? isnt it more like "common sense"?

3. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

We all know.

8. kajam

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

You can't say that to PA. PA we as readers we want thumbs UP and DOWN (like and dislike) for Yor articles. And starting with this article I will give it thumb down.

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Let's start a petition, maybe Trump will sign it too. Make phonearena great again

14. andynaija

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16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if they refuse, lets do it in childish way.. just like facebook stuff "Thumb up this comment if you think this article is bad"

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31600; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They'd take you seriously, if you spelled "your" right.

25. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

As if you don't make lots of mistakes and corrected by so many other users...? Why would you be going correcting other users mistakes when your not even perfect? That's the only way you can rebuttal the user rather than the thread post?

20. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I think the writer was sarcastic about it.

2. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

What a lousy article!

4. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

This can be said about and teaching tool. Stupid article

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It's a click bait article because it's Friday and they need the traffic for trolls to argue.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

need stronger title for that, they should post something like "Experts said that iPhone 6 screen is better than S7".. and trolls will feeding each other for several days, lol

6. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Stupid article, these are kids. If you don't teach them how to use technology for learning, how the hell are they suppose to know how to use it "properly". I mean, right now they know iPads or any other tablets can be used for angry birds, watching cartoons and stuffs, but they still don't know how to use it for education, this is where the schools should come in and teach. You can just put gun in a person's hand and expect them to act as a police officer can you? You have to train them first.

7. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Surprise! No educational tool is effective if you have teachers who cannot teach or are hobbled by state curricula.

9. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015


10. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

How is this unprecedented? It's the same thing they did a few decades ago with Macintosh in schools. (Anyone else remember when it was Macintosh, not just Mac?) Get their products in the hands of the learning young... win what's called "mind share" early on. It's probably one of the larger contributors to their rise in the mid-late 2000's. All those kids in the early 90's grew up, and had that familiarity with Apple already ingrained into their brains.

11. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Similar to all the gazillions given to Newark, NJ public schools. The best devices and books, but grades and graduation rates still don't rise much. Hmmm, must be something in the water there.

12. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I thought PA would write: "iPad also waterproof as iPhone 6S."

15. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Proving more potential distractions, as education tools, yeah...I still don't get how schools thought it was a smart idea, but oh well.

27. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Was android or the surface pro a potential tool as well? I would rather have a gaming laptop from which I could do even more and provide me even more. I already have a tablet. So my next goal should be a gaming laptop.

28. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Android can be customized so it is 'possible' to make it a more locked down from potential distractions then an iPad can be, that said it still allows for a world of potential distraction, at best, they need a tablet that is slow enough to not run most games, but fast enough for educational tools. But yeah, even that won't solve the problem, but yeah.

18. darkkjedii

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21. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

$42 million to 2000 students is over $2,000/student for iPads. And Apple probably also received a tax break on it. I'll never understand why Apple must profit so much off of learning children.

22. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I meant 20,000 students... But the math still holds.

23. mi7chy

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

Duh... You don't learn anything of value from a limited consumption toy.

26. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Same goes for the other tablets as well. Whether an android or a surface pro. Unless there are apps to begin with. Or a virtual assistant to assist first timers. They won't know anything at all.

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