iPad Impresses in Oklahoma State Trial
Anyone who has followed the site knows that I love my iPad, and consider it to be a fantastic aid to learning. Yes, I spend most of my time with it playing games, browsing the web, or watching Netflix, but it has proven to be far better than my computer for class readings, and even filled in for a week during finals when my MacBook Pro was out of commission. So far though, students with iPads, and tablets in general, have been on their own to make the device fit within existing pedagogy.
Most schools at this point have adapted to idea that students have their own computers. Though many believe that tablets will one day supplant laptops as the personal computer de jour, we’re definitely not at that point yet. Oklahoma State University recently gave us a potential glimpse at the future by issuing matching iPads to five sections of two different courses, and fully wove the device’s capabilities into the lesson plan.
The results were impressive. You can read the full report here, or a brief executive summary, but to sum it up, 75% of students agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “I think the iPad enhanced the learning experience of this course.” Students weren’t alone in the praise, as faculty appreciated knowing that all students were on an equal playing field in terms of hardware and software capabilities. Though the iPad wasn’t for everyone, the trial certainly went better than similar pilot programs featuring the Kindle.
I know this isn’t the only “give them all iPads” program out there, so we’d love to hear from you. Do you have an iPad or has your school given you one? How do you think it benefits (or hinders) your education? Let us know in the comments.
[Via Fraser Speirs]