iPads Work Great in the Classroom Says Virginia Dept of Ed.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has been running a tablet and eReader classroom study since 2009, and after 18 months of study it has released a report. Students and teachers in two elementary schools (4th and 5th grade) and three high schools in the Commonwealth participated in the study. This isn’t a final report; it’s merely a summary of progress.

The findings so far include:

  • Interactive e-books increased student engagement
  • Students appreciated being able to work at their own paces,
    whether in small groups or independently
  • The vast majority of students reported being enthusiastic
    about reading and using e-books
  • Many teachers noted a dramatic increase in the students’ independence and willingness to be
    responsible for learning on their own
  • Teachers noted that the e-books encourage more
    engagement to learn the material