The iPad has started to be build a reputation for itself in education. Some time ago a certain study surfaced that showed that a simple algebra iPad app could improve scores in the class room. Now, hereís some more evidence for you towards that direction.
Another study this time conducted in Auburn, Maine has recently surfaced. It proves that kindergarten literacy scores increased in classrooms that started using the iPad. Thus, Auburn has become the first public school in the US to provide iPads for of its young learners. The devices were assigned to 16 kindergarten classes for a period that lasted nine weeks. This means a total of 129 students were included in the study. In order to better comprehend results, 137 students learned without iPads for the 9 weeks that completed the study.
After the time elapsed and tests were applied on the learners, the study finally concluded that the iPad classes outperformed the ones without the device, in every literacy test used. The Auburn School Department was extra careful with the study and reported the following:
"The objective has to be learning, not just getting the technology out there. "We are paying attention to app selection and focused on continuous improvement -- we arenít just handing equipment to teachers."
The teacher staff and children alike were very excited to take part in the project. Auburn kindergarten teacher at Fairview Elementary School, Michelle Green said that she felt very special being part of the Advantage 2014 iPad project. She considers she has been awarded a privilege, being able to watch children use this new technology learn, in a way that she never though possible. Kindergarten teacher Jess Prue, seems to hold the same opinion. She stated that this way they are not only offering children a new engaging way to learn but preparing them to live in the technological society. So, the teachers are happy, the children are learning, so we should be seeing more iPads in institutions like this soon enough.
Source: Apple Forums