I am looking for any research that shows evidence to share with my fellow teachers on how to use the iPads effectively to increase student achievement. What I am looking for specifically is - how to measure the effectiveness of iPads in a classroom. Suggestions?
Hi Prof. Evanouski,
There is a lot of data from the Chicago Public School (CPS) systems iPad project, which may also be under the name Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Low-cost Laptop Initiative (they ended up using iPads). I know there is an executive summary (I recall one from 2011) along with individual summaries from each school that participated in the program via grants, and it has been ongoing now for several years. Generically speaking the studies and summaries show increased achievement as a correlation across a number of metrics; standardised tests, grades, self-reported, etc. I'm not sure if it helps or not but it has been a few years since I took a look at their program.
2011-2012 Summaries: http://isbelow-costlaptopresults.weebly.com
Thank you so much William!
Not exactly research based, but practical application experience from me... I might be able to give you some student documentation with parental permission from some of my current students. Do you have a release you could send me? I know in our situation, the use of Book Creator has truly increased student achievement. Our second graders are more engaged writers and have gone home to purchase the app on their personal devices. From there, they write stories for fun and bring them in to share with class or to e-mail to their teachers. We are seeing this happening with our lower achieving students and boys (our atypical writers)! I can formalize a statement for you if needed. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if that is what you are looking for.
Thank you for the offer! I will touch base with the teacher in my district requesting the information.
I haven't come across any research that is about iPads specifically. What is tricky about this topic is that it is not the iPads that make a difference in learning outcomes. Instead, it is how the iPads are used. For instance, using iPads to collaborate with other students from around the world would have a different outcome than using iPads to practice a skill. Good luck with your research. I hope you share your findings as this is a high-interest topic for many of us.
While this is not a direct path to your goal, you might want to check the Ed Tech Teacher iPad Academy. There are lots of people at this conference. I would hope that at least one would be doing research!
Another idea would be to check to check the cybraryman's iPad page:
Good luck on your search!
I would be very hesitant to focus on a specific tool. Achievement is also difficult to measure especially when you are trying to link it to a specific tool.