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Does Research Support Letting Students Use Cell Phones for Learning?

Does Research Support Letting Students Use Cell Phones for Learning? | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Teens today.Always on their phones. Lightening fast thumbs sharing content on Snapchat, Vine, Instagram, Twitter and more. While teens, teachers, and parents are familiar with cell phone's use as a social tool, more and more are discovering they are a great learning resource as well. There's even evidence and research
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This is an interesting collection of links to a number of studies across a number of areas. Worth a peruse at least.

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Sheffield universities team say iPad apps can help children learn to read

Sheffield universities team say iPad apps can help children learn to read | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Research conducted by Sheffield’s two universities has shown that iPads and other tablets can help children to develop reading skills from a very early age.
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If you ever get the chance to watch an infant upwards of 18 months who is given free run with a tablet or smartphone and see how they use and manage it, you will quickly realise that these devices are enabling something different to occur in relation to learning. The dexterity with which decisions are made appear to be quite different from what are held as traditional pursuits such as puzzles, matching, language interactions and the like. It should not surprise therefore that this might also apply to reading where "normal" pre-cursors to reading such as repetition, rhythym, intonation, self control etc which is normally reliant on an adult or older siblings intervention can now be enabled by a familiar device which also enables inbuilt reward and gratification across a number of activities. This could be another "watch this spot" piece of research.

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CHAT - Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University

CHAT - Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
The CHAT (Connecting Health and Technology) project is all about testing a new research application to find out more about what young adults eat.
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This is a really interesting use of iDevices to gather data on eating and nutrition. Pity it's coming out of a Western Australian Uni

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Finally! Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Finally! Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"A new study conducted by TRU provides a body of research which supports the idea that students use cell phones to learn, and also that schools are not acknowledging or supporting them fully, yet."

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As noted in the Comments the study was funded by the Verizon phone company whether that skews the result?

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New iBooks Are For Education What Lipstick Is To A Pig

New iBooks Are For Education What Lipstick Is To A Pig | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

An interesting kickback against iBooks and their place in education.

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'Significant and positive impact' of iPads at Longfield

'Significant and positive impact' of iPads at Longfield | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"The first large-scale use of iPads for learning in UK schools a already a success, says report
The adoption of iPads in UK schools gets a further boost with the publication of the new Naace report, “The iPad as a Tool for Education: A study of the introduction of iPads at Longfield Academy, Kent” by Paul Heinrich.

Its conclusion is direct and positive: "There has been a significant and very positive impact on learning and teaching which, in time, should be reflected in achievement and attainment, thanks to both pedagogical changes and new ways of learning engendered by ‘anytime anywhere’ access to information and learning tools."

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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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The Impact of New Technology in Schools - Results are in!

The Impact of New Technology in Schools - Results are in! | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
I should state from the outset I'm not sure the impact of any new technology in the classroom will ever be truly measurable. It won't be for the want of trying and there are a number of case studie...
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Daniel Edwards post is more useful evidence that the edtech does have an influence even if in non-standard ways. As is pointed out in the comments attached to this post however the need for even more extensive research is paramount.

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Case Study: the iPad, instaGrok, and Exploring Complicated Ideas

Case Study: the iPad, instaGrok, and Exploring Complicated Ideas | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
(This post is part of our Case Study series, in which educators share how they have incorporated instaGrok into a school setting. Here Shawn Jacob takes us step by step how he uses new hardware (li...
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Instagrok is one of those tools that deserves lots more attention so it's great to see it begin used so effectively. The mention of Paper53 is interesting too as is the reference to Shawn's iTune U course. Could be one to follow up?

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8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education

8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Check out just how much of an influence studies show iPads in the classroom are having on education.
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An interesting though by no means definitive studies on the effect of iPads in classrooms.

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Switched-on iPad infants put to the test

Switched-on iPad infants put to the test | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

Dr Kaufman also gets children to participate in drawing, colouring and block building, both physically and on iPads. Preliminary findings have shown that for some children, touchscreens appear to motivate and enhance learning rather than hinder it.

Dr Kaufman also said results were indicating that calm, creative activities on the touchscreen, such as painting, were similar to their ''real world'' counterparts in that they ''do not seem to adversely affect children's behaviour or attention in the short term''."

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Wikiweb

Wikiweb is a delightful Wikipedia reader for your iPhone and iPad that visualizes the connections between articles.

Features:

* Explore any article on Wikipedia, beautifully laid out and carefully typeset
* Create custom webs of articles and share them through email or Twitter
* Discover interesting articles through unexpected connections
* Read in any one of 45 supported languages

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WikiView - Wikipedia Reader for iPad on the iTunes App Store

""WikiView is a beautiful Wikipedia reader designed specifically for the iPad. The interface makes navigating articles a joy by placing all the commonly used features a tap a way." It is a four and a half star app that is free for a limited time."

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iPads Changing The Way Children Learn Today

iPads Changing The Way Children Learn Today | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
There are thousands of videos on Youtube today that illustrate the bewildering intuition that young children seem to display when using iPads.

"This opens up a debate over what impact exposing young kids to a screen-staring culture at such a young age will have is an important one to explore. Pew Internet Research Center recently released a report which outlined the effect that 1,021 respondents believed ‘hyperconnectivity’ will have on this generation’s ability to comprehend complex issues in depth and stay focused on the same topic for extended periods of time."

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