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The iPad as a Tool For Education - a case study

Here's something of interest for those looking for case studies or evidence of successful practice using portable devices in schools. Titled The iPad as a Tool For Education - a case study, this report focuses on the first two terms of implementing an iPad programme at Longfield Academy in Kent where they noticed a great impact on teaching and learning. The research has been carried out on behalf of Naace and supported by 9ine consulting.

This study, one of the most extensive yet regarding the use of tablet devices finds that with the majority of pupils at the school now having iPads there has been a significant and very positive impact on learning together with further significant and still developing changes in pedagogy. In particular it was found that:

  • The overwhelming majority of teachers regularly use iPads in their teaching
  • iPad use is particularly strong in English, Maths and Science
  • There is high demand from students for iPad use to be extended further
  • Teachers have identified significant benefits for their workload and have also identified cost savings
  • Use of the iPads is increasingly being developed for homework and beyond school activities
  • Students are more motivated when using iPads
  • The quality and standard of pupil work and progress is rising • Both staff and student feel they can work more effectively with iPads • Levels of collaborative working have improved
  • Appropriate use of Apps aids learning • All find the iPad easy to use
  • Minor technical issues have arisen, often due to user error, but are readily dealt with
  • Effective project management has been critical to the success of this development.

The outcomes at Longfield clearly demonstrate the value of the iPad as an educational tool and the role that it can play in learning and teaching. 

A PDF of the report can be downloaded here