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"While educators are still divided over Apple’s tablet (and tablets in general), ultimately the only way to assess a technology’s impact is to try it, not only to enhance or replace existing classroom instructional techniques, but also to truly innovate and explore the new pedagogies it enables."
Of course, not everyone is convinced that the iPad will revolutionize learning. A Miratech 2011 study report states that students using the iPad have 20% less retention rates than those using print and spend less time concentrating.
During the recent EDUCAUSE conference in Philadelphia, universities across America released studies of iPad use with mixed results. While some schools like Pepperdine University reported greater engagement and learning with iPads, others like Oberlin are still skeptical. There is no doubt that tablets (or any 1:1 computing device, for that matter) bring with them the potential for distraction and destructive multitasking, making the development of new approaches to learning that leverage the iPad’s power and minimize its challenges even more important.