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The Single Most Important Factor for iPad Success in Schools

The Single Most Important Factor for iPad Success in Schools
When you think of iPads in schools, you probably think of a cart that's wheeled into a classroom. Youngsters cheer at the arrival of the cart. Devices are passed out, used for a lesson, and then returned to the cart. The cart is then whisked away to another classroom where the same thing happens. Having a cart of devices puts the adults in charge of the technology. If possible, I would like to see students in control. The Technology Enhanced Learning Research Group, lead by Kevin Burden from the University of Hull, investigated the use of iPads at eight different schools in Scotland. The researchers found that "personal 'ownership' of the device is seen as the single most important factor for successful use of this technology." The study also found that teachers using iPads changed their approach to teaching. Not surprisingly, teachers and students want to continue to have access to iPads and are convinced that their use has changed learning for the better. Related:  iPad ResearchIpads i undervisningen

7 Key Findings for Successful Education Technology Integrations Continuing with the theme of measurable successes in education technology implementations that we’ve explored in a number of articles over the last few months, today we take a look at Project Red. Project RED conducted a national study of education technology focused on student achievement and financial implications. The coalition of three research organizations surveyed and studied nearly 1,000 schools and uncovered a replicable design for successfully introducing technology into the classroom, improving student performance, and yielding cost benefits. This exciting research endeavor developed 11 “success measures” and 22 independent measures and incorporated these into a survey tool that was central to the project’s effort to identify and prioritize the factors that make some U.S. 1. 2. Respondents reported that technology contributes to cost reductions and productivity improvements … “the richer the technology implementation, the more positive the impact.” 4. 5. 6. 7. Print This Post

iPad et autres astuces numériques pour enseigner à l'école primaire de Francois Lamoureux iPads Improve Classroom Learning, Study Finds Just how big is the universe, how small is an atom, and how long have we humans lived on Earth, compared with dinosaurs? Such answers are better learned with an iPad, according to a new study that shows just how tablets tap neurocognitive abilities that help students understand enormous scale and other difficult concepts. Students saw learning gains after as little as 20 minutes of study on the iPad, the research found, and if supported with guidance from an instructor their improvement may have been even more pronounced, the scientists suggest. "The bottom line is that these iPads and similar tools actually do make a difference," said physicist Matthew Schneps, a founding member of the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts. Schneps explained that his virtual solar system study examined iPad use that is a bit different from most classroom applications. "These uses are good. Let Your Fingers Do the (Star) Walking

10 steps technology directors can take to stay relevant SmartBlogs The role of the typical school district technology director has become obsolete. Speak with your average teacher in many school districts in the U.S., and you’ll find the technology department is better known for getting in the way than for serving the educational needs of both staff and students. Many technology departments, led by obsolete tech directors, are inadvertently inhibiting learning. The mantra of “lock it and block it” no longer works in a 21st century digital learning environment. Do how can technology directors avoid becoming obsolete? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Students and staff need technology directors that have not made themselves obsolete. Tom Murray serves as the director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa.

18 iPad uses: How classrooms are benefiting from Apple's tablets Apple's iPads are quickly becoming a popular and powerful educational tool for classrooms. Beyond the immediate benefit of engaging students, iPads can improve education efficiency and standards. However, many teachers are unsure of how to use them effectively. Coupled with concerns over the costs involved, iPad implementation in schools is seen as an unnecessary and expensive risk. As the case studies below demonstrate, iPads are being used in education environments around the world with great success. So just what are they doing? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Similarly, First Words Animals aids with letter and word identification. 18.

Utilisation de tablettes tactiles en primaire Alain Jourdan, professeur des écoles, participe à une expérimentation de tablettes tactiles conduite par la mission TICE et le CRDP de l’académie de Grenoble en liaison avec la DGESCO, avec ses élèves de CM2 de l’école des Dauphins de Bernin (38). Le contexte L’outil informatique fait partie intégrante de la vie de ma classe depuis longtemps. J’ai très rapidement constaté l’impact pédagogique de l’ordinateur, quel que soit le niveau de classe, notamment pour les élèves les plus fragiles scolairement. Le déroulement de l'activité Les élèves peuvent travailler avec les tablettes numériques en fonction des activités proposées à tout moment de la journée et dans toutes les matières. Les aspects techniques Chaque élève et l’enseignant possèdent une tablette tactile. Les apports des TICE Ils sont nombreux, très forts et de tous ordres : Les compétences mises en œuvre Quelques limites, contraintes ou points faibles posant question La solidité de ces tablettes tactiles. Alain Jourdan

Education - iPad makes the perfect learning companion. iPad or Chromebook: 4 Questions To Ask Before Choosing Crude mashup for your enjoyment. For the past few days, I’ve been playing with a Chromebook. Though I have been an advocate of Google’s myriad web products since the beta-test Gmail account that I was invited to open over 10 years ago, I had not previously put my hands on one of these devices. This may come as a shock since I have spent the past two years completely immersed in iPads. With schools and districts across the country, there seems to be this preconception that a single relationship exists with regard to technology, and in particular, with regard to making a decision about mobile devices. However, my colleagues at EdTechTeacher and I think that rather than asking which device should my school use, the more poignant question may be ‘what do I want my students to do?’ Why? More often than not, the answer is access. For right now, let’s focus on iPads and Chrome Books as they seem to be the leading contenders in the device debate. What will best support my students learning?

18 Snapshots Of iPad Integration You know from experience that when you enjoy a subject, learning about that subject is easier, more fun, and you retain the information longer. Getting kids to enjoy learning is more productive to education efforts than spending more money, lengthening school days, you name it. This is the reason many educators are excited about the possibilities inherent to the iPad. More than 600 school districts in America have brought iPads into the classroom. Motion Math in Class: An assistant professor of education at USC’s Rossier School oversaw this study looking at whether having students play a learning game to teach them fractions increased their knowledge. Oklahoma State University iPad Pilot Program: OSU experimented with iPads in five classes in the fall of 2010. This is a cross-post from content-partners at

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