The purpose of this study is to evaluate the iPad as a learning tool, by looking at how it affects student engagement in the primary classroom.
Data will be gathered from approximately 200 Kindergarten to Grade 3 students at Vancouver Talmud Torah School, in Vancouver, Canada to assess the impact of the iPad on students' motivation to learn in the classroom.
Previous studies have shown that in order to stay relevant in the 21st Century, schools need to stay on top of rapid changes introduced by digital media. In its short existence as a learning tool, the iPad has enabled teachers to promote collaborative, independent, and differentiated learning.
1. How can the iPad supplement the prescribed learning outcomes in British Columbia?
2. How can we develop a set of best practices for implementing the iPad into the classroom?
3. How can we connect with other schools who are also implementing iPad pilots?
4. Which grade level(s) will benefit most from iPad use in the classroom?
5. How can we best support teachers to develop strategies to evaluate iPad use?
6. How can we ensure fair and equal access to the iPads?
7. How can we provide in-service training in the use of iPad apps?
8. Can the iPad provide a platform for students to share authentic learning and create content for one another, or will it serve merely as a consumption device?
9. Can the iPad help expand students' knowledge about how they can use technology to enhance learning?
10. Will the iPad effectively support differentiation in the classroom? 11. Which apps do students like best?
12. How will we know that the iPad is what engages the students, and not some other factor?
13. Will the iPad replace the need for traditional laptop and desktop computers for primary students?