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Learning with an iPad may boost students’ test scores
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2011 18:31 PM

Apple’s iPad is great for surfing the internet or watching movies on the go. However, as more schools introduce these portable devices in their classrooms, teachers are realizing the educational benefits of these tablet computers, such as improved test scores.

Students at various grade levels across the country are using iPads for different reasons. For instance, at Roslyn High School on Long Island, the tablets are used in place of textbooks and allow pupils to preserve their work in digital portfolios, according to The New York Times.

To see how effective iPads can be in the classroom, Michelle Riconscente, a professor at the University of Southern California, set up a controlled study to see what effect the Motion Math application had on students’ test scores, KGO-TV reported. This game is designed to help players learn about fractions.

Although Riconscente was originally a skeptic when it came to games being used for educational purposes, she was swayed by the results of the study. According to the news source, students who participated in the study improved their test scores by 15 percent in just over five days.

The tests that students completed were based on the types of items that appear in the California STAR Testing Program’s California Standards Test.



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