What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?
Two educators put the research to the test. When (and how) are iPads most effective? Popular mobile devices may come and go, but the iPad has remained a hit in the K-12 classroom. But even though they’re in schools, our work with teachers has led us to understand that while many of them would like to use iPads meaningfully in their classrooms, they can’t because of time, access, and training. So for the past year and a half, we’ve both been working with teachers and university students integrating iPad technology into the classroom in a controlled way. While doing this, we came across several outcomes that made us question and dig deeper into what the research actually says about using them in the classroom. First, a note about who we are. Much of the work done on iPads in the classroom is anecdotal and practitioner based, with limited research on student use of iPads. Research says that digital natives can do it! Research says that kids are digital natives too (Prensky, 2006)
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