Edutopia’s Andrew Marcinek covers six examples of iPad integration in the 1:1 classroom. One teacher tweeted to Marcinek that she had students select a scene from their favorite chapter in L’Affaire Québécoise to make a video and upload it their YouTube account.
As Discovery’s Nina Holmberg explains, iPads allow for teachers to create a paperless classroom where students use iPads rather than paper for their coursework. Teachers are able to get immediate test results as students are taking their tests rather than taking the paper tests home.
High school teacher and education blogger Richard Byrne offers a great overview of studies that support the use of the iPads in the classroom. One of the studies Byrne highlights is “iPads for Learning—In Their Hands,” a field trial by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria, Australia. The study shows that there was more success using iPads in primary (elementary) and special schools than in secondary schools (high schools). The study also stresses that quality teaching and support are also necessary to achieve successful use of iPads in the classroom.
Further, a study by Apple and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt found that students did better in math when using tablets. Specifically, they found “20 percent more students (78 percent compared to 59 percent) scored ‘Proficient’ or ‘Advanced’ in subject comprehension when using tablets rather than paper textbook counterparts.”