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Project Red - Technology is woven into every aspect of our lives, and education is no exception. With the belief that technology can make a substantial impact on schools and students, three research organizations - The Greaves Group, The Hayes Connection and One-to-One Institute - established Project RED: Revolutionizing Education. Initially these organizations conducted a national survey of technology programs in 1,000 schools, which is the first and only national research focusing on academic results and the financial implication of education technology. The findings showed that if effectively implemented, technology programs can lead to improved student achievement and significant return on investment.

iPads for Learning: In Their Hands - To prepare students for the knowledge economy of the 21st century, schools must provide students with purposeful access to ICT that increases their participation, engagement and achievement in education. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s (DEECD) 2011 iPads for Learning – In Their Hands trial placed over 700 iPads in nine primary, secondary and special schools and the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute. The trial examined the use of iPads by students and teachers, and found that under the right conditions the iPad can significantly enhance teaching and learning outcomes within and beyond the classroom.

The Impact of iPad and iPhone in Education - This paper examines Apple’s popular iOS devices: the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad. It will investigate their potential to revolutionize education and the role to be played by students, teachers, educational institutions and publishers in the development of new environments, methods and materials for learning. As teachers, educational materials producers and publishers, the authors of this paper seek to discover whether the goals for the use of this new technology are practical, realistic, educationally desirable and commercially sensible.

The iPad as a Tool for Education - This research outlines the conclusions of one of the most extensive studies so far undertaken into the use of tablets for learning. As one teacher put it, “The iPads have revolutionized teaching”, with appropriate use of iPads helping to enhance learning across the curriculum and encouraging collaborative learning. Whilst it’s early days for evaluating the impact on achievement, there are significant gains in quality and standard of pupil work and progress and potential for extending use even further. As more schools across the country consider adopting the use of tablets in classrooms, the messages from this research will be incredibly helpful for those who are deciding on their next steps.

Reading with iPads - The aim of this eBook project was to explore the use of an iPad as an eBook reader within the context of a primary school classroom. While many schools have embraced iPads, their use in schools is still in its infancy and this study was frustrated in some ways by the lack of resources and technological support available.

The Reed College iPad Study - When Apple announced the release of its iPad tablet in late January 2010, Reed College had just completed a semester-long study of the Amazon Kindle DX eReader in which students and faculty in three upper-division seminars used the Kindle to read, annotate, and discuss books and articles for the courses. While the Kindle DX failed to meet faculty and student needs in several important ways, most notably highlighting, annotation, and manipulation of texts, the study participants were optimistic enough about the long-term potential of eReader technology to prompt the College to continue its evaluation of emerging products. Consequently, during the fall semester of 2010, we undertook a study parallel in structure to the 2009 Kindle DX study. Students in one upper-division seminar, Political Science 422: Nuclear Politics —The origins and effects of the spread of nuclear weapons, used the iPad for all of their assigned readings. Since this was one of the courses included in the Kindle study and much of the reading list was unchanged, comparisons between student reactions were easy to make. We anticipated that a multipurpose device like the iPad would have different strengths and weaknesses than the Kindle DX, a dedicated eReader, and we were particularly interested in examining these differences.

Pepperdine's iPad Research - In August 2010, Pepperdine University launched a three-term study to assess the iPad's potential in the education sector. The fall 2010 and spring 2011 academic terms are being used for exploratory research to inform an experimental research design. An experimental research design will be used in fall 2011 to assess the iPad's potential to enhance student learning outcomes. Throughout each term, this study compares technology use and engagement for students in two sections of the same course; one section is loaned iPads and while the other section uses various computing devices. Undergraduate and graduate courses are included in the study as well a variety of disciplines including religion, math, business, law, and health. Data is collected throughout each term with pre and post-term student surveys, classroom observations, and focus groups for every iPad and non-iPad course section. The research team also conducts interviews with each participating faculty member after the term to collect anecdotal information to qualify the quantitative results.
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