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Do Tablets really improve learning?

Do Tablets Really Improve Learning?

‘Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt tested an interactive, digital version of an Algebra 1 textbook for Apple’s iPad in California’s Riverside Unified School District. Students who used the iPad version scored 20 percent higher on standardized tests versus students who learned with traditional textbooks.

The program, which replaced worn textbooks with interactive, digital versions with video, graphics and built-in quizzes that invited students to participate and give instant feedback, spurred positive comments that students using the iPad version were “more motivated, attentive, and engaged” than those with the paper algebra books.

This pilot program reveals when it comes to engaging today’s students, it’s not the content that matters, but the format. Students in the California experiment accessed the same content on the iPad as in a traditional book, but those who used the digital version tested higher.’  But … they go on to say… is the effect as lasting? Some believe not.

Taken from….   The Future of Education: Tablets vs. Textbooks   http://mashable.com/2012/10/05/tablets-vs-textbooks/

They also say…. ‘ Students with special learning needs may offer the most concrete evidence of the benefits of tablets in the classroom. Advocates, desperate to bridge the educational gaps in children with learning issues, are ahead of traditional educational leaders, since children with special learning needs used tablets and apps early on.’

Evidence coming in thick and fast to support tablets in the classroom.

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