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Application helps students perform better on the California Standards Test

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012 17:01 PM

On January 19, Apple executives revealed how they will give education a technological facelift, Macworld reported. For instance, the application known as iBooks 2 allows students and teachers to view interactive textbooks on the lightweight iPad.

Apple’s popular tablet computer is already in use at academic institutions across the country, such as Amelia Earhart School in Riverside, California, MindShift reported. To learn more about the educational impact of the iPad, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) conducted a yearlong study at the school.

For the research, HMH had some students use its algebra iPad application, while others worked solely with the textbook version of this program, the news source stated. Researchers found that 78 percent of students who used the iPad application managed to score proficient or advanced on the California Standards Test, which is part of the California STAR Testing Program. Of the students who worked with the textbook version, 59 percent scored proficient or advanced.

According to the news outlet, the application motivated more students and allowed parents to assist their children by watching the program’s videos with them.