There is a need to understand the impact the iPad has on students as its use in

There is a need to understand the impact the ipad has

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There is a need to understand the impact the iPad has on students as its use in classrooms grow. Reports have indicated that the use of iPads in the classroom is more effective than the tra- ditional form of instructor-centered lecture and has a positive effect on the development of stu- dents’ mathematical capacities. The number of American schools that have launched iPads and/or adopted 1:1 iPad initiatives is on the rise (Hu, 2011). The handheld devices are being integrated into classrooms to support dual language learners, increase motivation to learn, improve fluency skills, encourage collaboration, improve reading comprehension and math skills. Literature Review Integrating the iPad Ipad integration refers to the design, development and implementation of sound instruc- tional planning to maximize the use of iPad for learning (Chou, Block, Jesness, 2011). Although the iPad offers many opportunities to enhance students’ learning experiences, teachers and stu-
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SUTTLTED-7015-5 4 dents are faced with many challenges. Researchers have encouraged the integration of technol- ogy in mathematics classroom (Carr, 2012). Many school districts have invested in technology because it promotes students’ learning, engagement and math achievement. The integration of iPads enables educators to customize student learning by creating authentic and appealing learn- ing activities to engage students anytime and anyplace (Hess & Gunter, 2013). In comparison to desk and laptop computers, iPads are inexpensive, and applications are readily available for use and expensive When students are introduced and taught foundational literacy skills and basic mathemat- ical concepts using iPads at an early age their learning takes on a new perspective (Reeves, Gunter, & Lacey, 2017). Technology integrated in a meaningful way can possible change literacy instruction when applications selected that allow students opportunities to discover, make choices and realize the impact of choices made as well as to explain, imagine and problem-solve. Use of the iPad. The iPads can be used to transform traditional classrooms into a place that utilizes 21st century, efficient technology resources (Herro, Kiger, & Owens, 2013). The ed- ucational resources provided transform the students’ learning experience. Fallon (2013) adds that this versatile tool provides ways to enhance educations. The iPad also transforms the way teach- ers deliver instruction and students learn in the classroom. The handheld device serves as an in- teractive device that enhance students’ learning experiences, while receiving personalized in- struction based on their individual needs that can be detected by applications on the iPad (Taka- hashi, 2011). Along with using the iPad there are many benefits: students are in charge of their own learning, textbooks are replaced with e-textbooks, homework and assignments can be easily sub- mitted, improved math skills by accessing downloaded math activities. It also, can fill teachers’
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