Wednesday, November 28, 2012

iPad use evaluation

St Agnes High School Student iPad Survey

St Agnes High School Rooty Hill surveyed their Year 8 students about their response to the implementation of iPads for their year group.

They had been using the iPads for one term before the survey took place.  

Infographic adjacent summarises the results.

St Agnes students learning with their iPads

iPad Scotland Evaluation

Recently there has been also been extensive research done on the implementation of iPads in Scottish schools.  The research sample covered eight schools with 365 iPad used across schools. The schools had a variety of implementation models from class sets to 1 to 1.

The research for the completed 116 page report aimed to identify how the use of personal tablet devices in schools impacted teaching and learning and was drawn from:
  • Baseline and exit surveys of parents and students
  • Interviews with various teaching staff
  • Lesson observations by the research team
  • Reflective journals by the teachers
  • Video logs by students 
 Some of the key findings that would be helpful to schools implementing 1 to 1 iPads:
  • Personal ownership of the device is the single most important factor for successful use of this technology, as students take ownership of their learning and customise their learning experience.
  • Early familiarisation with the iPad by teachers was a key factor in success along with time to experiment, share, reflect and joint plan with other teachers.
  • Parents appeared to be more engaged with the school and their child's learning when the iPad was brought home.
  • Co-learning and collaborating with students to learn with the iPad had great benefits in the classrooms.  It was seen to be a partnership where students were teaching each other and the teacher.
  • In terms of the SAMR model, "even in cases which might appear to be a straight substitution of technologies, there are often 'discernible functional improvement' leading to the conclusion that the 'substitution ' level may not be applicable in the case of tablet computers like the iPad." p92
The report was prepared by:
Kevin Burden, Paul Hopkins, Dr Trevor Male, Dr Stewart Martin and Christine Trala from the Facultof of Education, The University of Hull, October 2012.
You can download the iPad Scotland Evaluation report from here:

'iPad Scotland Evaluation researchers to visit Learning Exchange 

- Monday December 3rd
Kevin Burden and Dr Chris Bonfield from the University of Hull are visiting us at Learning Exchange on Monday 3rd December.  We will be visiting St Agnes High School as well as taking time to discuss and share from their research and our experiences.

If you have any questions that you would like us to ask the researchers please post a comment with your question, with details of your school, your role and where your school is at in regards to iPads.

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