Should Scribner use IPads instead of textbooks?

Ever since the IPad came out arguments have been made about using them in classrooms. Now, lots of schools near us have been switching from textbooks to IPads. Not only do IPads give us more capabilities than textbooks do, they also give us more experience in using technology. The IPad also helps the environment by using less paper. IPads would make the lives of Scribner students much easier and productive.

Studies have shown that IPads increase student learning. “A study done by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in California showed that students using IPads saw their math test scores increase 20% in one year compared to students using traditional textbooks.” (Ashley Wainwright)

Also, a research study conducted in Auburn Maine showed that Kindergarten students who used the IPad scored much higher on literacy tests than students that didn’t use the device. This proves that IPads are great for English classrooms. ELA students can download books to read for fun or to read along with the teacher for literacy learning.

middle school studetns using the IPad
Middle school students using the IPad

The study also showed that most kids who are allowed to use the IPads in school tend to be more focused. Teachers can now get even the most stubborn students engaged. The IPads are much lighter and instead of carrying lots of textbooks, you can carry a light IPad to every class. They are also much faster than flipping through pages in textbooks which allows more time for kids to learn. 

The IPad is a great way to display a project. You can easily get a project done and present it using a slideshow or one of the apps that the IPad offers. They also keep students more organized. Students don’t have to carry around all their homework papers and this allows students to get almost all assignments turned in on time.

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Sources:      (Ashley Wainwright)