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Running head: USE OF IPADS IN CLASSROOMS 1 Do IPads Improve the Study Habits and Language Acquisition of Students in the English Language Classroom?
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2 Contents Abstract ............................................................................................................................................ 3 Introduction ...................................................................................................................................... 4 Research Aims and Questions ......................................................................................................... 5 Objectives ........................................................................................................................................ 6 Theoretical framework ..................................................................................................................... 8 An Effective Way of Introducing Changes to Manage Behavior .............................................. 10 Carrying out Effective Changes related to Grammar Skills ...................................................... 11 What do both students and teachers tend to say about iPads? ................................................... 12 Methodology .................................................................................................................................. 13 Design ........................................................................................................................................ 13 Participants ................................................................................................................................ 13 Research Tools ........................................................................................................................... 13 School context ........................................................................................................................... 14 Observation grid ........................................................................................................................ 15 Questionnaire for students about the use of iPads in the classroom ........................................ 16 Questionnaire for teachers about the use of iPads in the classroom .............................................. 24 Results and Discussion .................................................................................................................. 33 The results from the student’s questionnaire ............................................................................. 33 Results from the teachers’ questionnaires .................................................................................. 34 Comparison between the students’ questionnaires and the teachers’ questionnaires ................ 37 Conclusion ..................................................................................................................................... 39 Work cited ...................................................................................................................................... 42
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3 Abstract This study was conducted to evaluate the efficiency and reliability of using iPads in the classroom for the learning process. The study methodology was qualitative and quantitative. During this study questionnaires and interviews were used to collect data. The study participants were around 30 teachers that teach with iPads and a whole class of 15 students from secondary stage studying at a private Spanish school Reial Monestir de Santa Isabel and who use iPads in their learning process. The results showed different outcomes, the most noticeable advantage of iPad use was having access to the internet quickly. This led to having more information for students and more choices of activities for teachers to make the best out of a lesson. Moreover, iPads are small and light, which shows that they are very efficient in carrying them. In addition, the use of iPads also showed an increase in student and teacher motivations to make the classes more interesting for both parties, which led to a better understanding between the students and teachers. However, some minor negative aspects appeared, such as making iPads the central attention of the classroom rather than considering them as a tool to reach educational goals, this means that it can be used as a distraction for students. From the teachers’ perspective, their main worry is that the use of iPads can result mainly in weakening students’ writing abilities and bad handwriting.
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4 Introduction Technology is taking over the traditional method in every industry, education industry was no stranger to the changes; the technical components of the industry witnessed a notable increase among the development of the Information Technology and telecommunication infrastructure in the schools. Digital portable devices are increasingly being used in schools due to their intelligence and efficiency.
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