Written by Denis Wong 5th May
There have been a few pilot projects for the use of iPads in the education sector. Last month, Virginia Beach schools spent $651,000 on iPads to distribute to elementary students, while a school district in Maine equipped their kindergartners with iPads. Will the presence of iPads have a positive impact in classrooms? Can it be a proper substitute for computers? That remains to be seen for the prior two cases.
- The iPad reduced student expenses when they were fully integrated with the courses. The savings were attributed to purchasing e-books over traditional textbooks. The shift away from paper also led to a reduction in costs for printing out course material.
- In addition to replacing paper and pens (we wonder if that will work in mathematical courses), instructors were also able to recommend specific apps to enhance the content of their courses.
- Students were mixed over the distraction levels posed by the iPad. Some students felt the iPad promoted more reading of the course material, while others did not make much use of the iPad as an e-reader as the course progressed.
- 75% of students agreed the iPad enhanced the learning experience. 90% of those respondents who answered "Yes" owned a Mac, while 70% owned a PC. Only 3% of students would opt to stay away from an iPad-only version of the course if given the choice.