Using iPads in classrooms boosts student productivity, suggests study

Using iPads in classrooms boosts student productivity, suggests study
That using tablets in classrooms has a tremendous potential for improving student productivity is a topic we have already examined thoroughly. However, we now have a pretty elaborate study on our hands that backs up this claim with some hard evidence.

For over three years now, the Connected mobile learning program at Abilene Christian University has been examining the effects of using electronic devices in the learning process, and the results appear to be “uniformly positive”, as the guys at TUAW are reassuring us. Apparently, students who use iPads to take notes instead of the old school pen and paper method score 25% higher on questions regarding information that has been noted down. Besides that, using iPads helps students with making the most of their time and promote “learning moments”, as further results from the study indicate.

Of course, it has to be pointed out that the iPad is not to be regarded as a universal tool fit for every field of education. On top of that, each and every student is unique in their own way, so the boost in performance is anything but guaranteed. Nevertheless, the ACU study is showing some very promising results, indicating that traditional text books are very likely bound to be replaced by electronic alternatives sooner or later.

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10 Comments

1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I don't think using a ipad during school will help them with their studies much better than with pen and paper. Sure it is more fun, but on the other hand playing angry birds in the classroom won't give them better scores...

2. bigheadsmartboy unregistered

The ipad in schools will help better their learning and progress now with the playing of angry birds thats on the individual students work ethic and attention span in class but I have watched first hand how my cousins grades have greatly improved when her school introduced using kindles and iPads.

4. Mercenary unregistered

@PeterIfromsweden:if this article was (Using Bada tablets in classrooms boosts student productivity, suggests study)then u would say..wow i think it's very helpful! i know u man..u love just bada(samsung) and symbian and hate anything else! and i really don't know why!

3. Apple Conspiracy unregistered

Yes, only iPad can do this, it's an extraordinary device, omnipotent and very useful no matter what the subject is. Of course, computers and laptops didn't exist before iPad, so poor students didn't have this much needed gadgets, and thank you God allmighty for giving us iPad because there is no other tablet on the market that could do the same job.

11. bais unregistered

You have no idea what you re talking about: ipad is coolest, sexiest most versatile gadget ever made ;)

5. iZombie

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

In my opinion, i think having an iPad would bring significant influence on how a student fare in classes.. Still it'll depend on how the student make use of a potential device to his/her advantage to get higher grades.. Obviously, an iPad will not make you pass in class unless you work and study harder.. It's just like this: "even if you give him tiger wood's club, a golfer with poor practice and tarining will always be a lousy golfer and will not guarantee him a pga cup.."

6. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Always have to have haters on Apple articles.

9. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Haters are here to stay they kinda add spice to an already spicy artcle, which make it more interesting. . . ;-)

7. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

The article is titled Using iPads in classrooms boosts student productivity, suggests study but then the first paragraph uses the term TABLETS. First off it is irresponsible journalism and non objective. Secondly as probably the most costly tablet with the educational system cutting spending left and right wouldn't a more affordable tablet make a better choice. But again like the crackmanor big tobacco...get em started early.....make em isheep before they can even choose a different path.

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's not irresponsible journalism because they ARE using iPads. And the iPad isn't the most expensive tablet on the market. In fact other tablet makers have been forced to drop their price to compete with Apple. Their sheep for using iPad's to study? Are you really this pathetic? Believe it or not most people want a product that works which is the iPad. Doesn't make you a sheep. Apple has 85% of the tablet market right now so who else would the educational system go with?

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