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iPads improving learning – what the research tells us

"I was at an event at a school the other day running hands on iPad sessions for parents and I was challenged to prove that students using iPads would improve learning. This was a tough call on the spot and given the fact ICT has not been proven to have a positive quantitative impact on learning yet – despite the best efforts of Becta.

I did point to the Essa Academy’s success with its GCSE results but this did not cut much ice. I therefore started doing some research. I hope this is of some use – to really understand what these studies have uncovered you will need to follow the links."

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Making the Case for Student Controlled Devices - iPads in Education

Making the Case for Student Controlled Devices - iPads in Education | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

Sam Glicksman writes a great post on student controlled devices in schools.
"Whenever I discuss iPad or BYOD implementations in schools one of the first issues raised usually revolves around problems associated with management and control. iPads are difficult to manage on an institutional level. That could be a blessing in disguise. Maybe it presents us with the right timing and opportunity to finally allow students to manage their devices and develop their skills as independent and responsible learners.

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Introducing School-Wide Digital Citizenship Practices with iPads

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"An elementary school in our district recently got 30 iPads and asked for some advice implementing them with students and teachers. In addition to suggesting some starter apps, I recommended that we have conversations with kids around the appropriate use of these devices. While almost every child has used an iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone, the exciting learning opportunities these mobile, Internet-connected, media creation devices create also open the door to new challenges. Cyberbullying or inappropriate web publishing happens more through the camera than regular computer use does; the mobility of the device combined with the reality that multiple users are using the device with no personalized, password-protected, network-tracked accounts makes it more challenging to keep track of who is doing what with the device or that the device itself is safe."

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