Following a recent event where Apple announced its new strategy to become more engaged in education with the release of iBooks 2, amongst other new applications, a new study reveals the impact of the iPad on students' ability to learn.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has partnered with Apple in an effort to bring educational content into the digital era, and has undertaken a study to determine the effectiveness of the iPad for learning.
The study was conducted over one year at a middle school in Riverside, California, and monitored progress in learning algebra. During this time, some students used HMH's Fuse: Algebra I app, while others used traditional textbooks. The study found that students using the Apple tablets were more likely to attain high scores in the tests than those relying on paper textbooks.
More than three quarters (78%) of school children using iPads to learn Algebra reached 'Proficient' or 'Advanced' level, compared to 59% of students using traditional textbooks who gained the same score.
The pilot 1:1 iPad educational program revealed that Apple's tablets offer an interactive approach in addition to multimedia content that makes learning more appealing. "Students' interaction with the device was more personal. You could tell students were more engaged," explained Coleman Kells, principal of Amelia Earhart Middle School.