iPads improve Kindergarten literacy scores

Found this online. Enjoy!

Apple is pushing for iPad use in education, and several schools have taken up the charge. Now, a study of kindergarteners in Auburn, Maine has shown that students who use iPads score better in every literacy test than those who don’t.

The study focused on 266 children whose instruction featured the iPad. Those who used the device scored higher on the literacy tests, were more interested in learning and excited to be there.

There are caveats to these results. Many schools don’t have the budget to distribute iPads to all of their students (Apple has education programs, however, and third-party programs are getting better all the time). Additionally, the students’ excitement could be attributed to access to an iPad. When I was a kid, our school boasted brand new Apple IIes, which fostered a lifetime’s worth of interest in computers, technology, and the written word for me. But that’s likely because they played Oregon Trail and Prince of Persia.

Still, the iPad can be a powerful tool for learning and comprehension, especially for literacy. Interactivity can make for a very engaging experience, definitely at a young age. It’s reat to see these kindergarteners doing better in school no matter what the reason, and hopefully we’ll hear more stories of Apple’s technology benefiting students.

Source: TUAW


2 thoughts on “iPads improve Kindergarten literacy scores

  1. Chris says:

    it’ll be too complicated for her, now she can’t live wiohtut her iPhone.Last July I got the factory unlocked iPhone 3GS and every model has just amazed me.Just for a difference Bing App on Windows Phone looks worse than Bing on iPhone.Month back I got myself an Android based phone, its a low end phone from Samsung so I’m not going to compare the sound quality etc.First of all the phone gave me troubles of my life, it wouldn’t sync with my PC (still doesn’t and there is no solution by Samsung), it crashed 2 times, it closes all apps when it feels something is wrong etc. etc.I do like the fact that it could multi task with different apps put in sleep in the background and I do like the fact it has widgets, but overall Android is FAIL!Still loving my iPhone 3Gs can’t wait till June to get my multitasking and till September to get my iPhone 4G or HD or whatever Apple plans to call it.

  2. Alicia says:

    Initially i had a very similar irssempion like many here: Yes! Finally a computer my parents can use!’. But there are 2 and a half shortcomings on the iPad which unfortunately will restrict iPad for parents in my opinion:- the iPad still needs a host to sync to, which doesn’t go with the very appealing idea of the iPad as a replacement. Okay, that wouldnt be too bad, the kids could help out once with their machine. But no backups that way.- the only reason Mom wants a computer: e-Mail/Chat and unloading tons of images from her Digital Camera. How to connect a camera without a host? See above.- exactly same goes for Dad, just replace Camera by Printer in order to write an official important letter once in a while’My 0.02,Axel

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