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Results of 18 school iPad Pilots…(sort of)

Snapshot of iPad classrooms starts to show us what is working (and not)

I’m not ready to say that all kids would be comfortable using iPads all day long. Some of them just don’t like the touch interface and the keyboards.
Sam Gliksman, Educational Technology director at New Community Jewish High School

It seems like everyday we open the newspaper (and by open the newspaper we mean scan news online), there is a new article of a school who has launched a test class of iPads. We always hear about new school iPad pilots but we never hear about the results. Fortunately the NTA and others are trying to share what’s going on behind the closed doors of tablet pilots across the country. We want to know what is working and more importantly, what is not.

We just found a nice snapshot of 18 locations who are piloting iPads in Education across the United States. While we would have liked to see more detailed analysis of the goals and results of iPad education experiments, this article is a good start.  Check it out.  Not everything is a glowing endorsement of tablet technology and we think that’s a good thing.  We believe all classroom technology should be looked at with a critical eye and should be judged by what works best for students.

After checking out the overview you can click into each school experiment to read more about the source. Along with studies that show increased results in iPad using math students, there are also reports of configuration issues and student reluctance. As Sam Gliksman, of the New Community Jewish High School explains ” I’m not ready to say that all kids would be comfortable using iPads all day long. Some of them just don’t like the touch interface and the keyboards.” As you will see from the article, some schools who have completed their pilots see tablets as a supplement but not replacement for laptops.

Thanks to @patrickmlarkin for first alerting us to this story. Check out the whole article using the link below.

About Katie

Katie Banks is a mom and a life long educator. Her passions include technology, healthcare and finance. When she is not blogging you can find her sea kayaking with her dog Max (she wishes!). Google