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What happens when an eighth-grade algebra class replaces textbooks with iPads?

Study Shows Algebra iPad App Improves Scores in One School

As Apple pushes out its new education products, new information about whether using the iPad gives students an advantage over using print books is starting to surface. Results from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s year-long study comparing students using the publisher’s iPad algebra app are in from Amelia Earhart school in Riverside, Calif., and it’s largely positive, … Continue reading Study Shows Algebra iPad App Improves Scores in One School →

Videos + Teacher in Class = Learning

Jeannetta Mitchell asks her students to watch videos in class. That may sound counter-intuitive — why have them watch a video when she’s right there? Because, as both she and her students put it, sometimes they understand on the third try, or when it’s explained differently. “There’s more than one way to solve something,” Mitchell … Continue reading Videos + Teacher in Class = Learning →

What Do Students Like About the iPad?

Eighth-grade students at the Presidio Middle School are trying out using the iPad instead of the textbook as part of a pilot study. Here’s what they have to say about it. Lenny Gonzalez KATE NAKATO You can watch videos and it explains stuff to you. The “view in motion” goes step by step with you … Continue reading What Do Students Like About the iPad? →

Teaching With a Tablet: One Educator’s Experience

For more detail about my visit to the Presidio Middle School’s iPad algebra class, here’s the complete Q&A with eighth-grade teacher Jeannetta Mitchell. She talks about the practicalities of forgoing the traditional textbook and seeing students find different ways of learning the material. Far from being afraid of the technology — or believing that it … Continue reading Teaching With a Tablet: One Educator’s Experience →

A Day in the Life of the iPad Classroom

Lenny Gonzalez Halfway through a year-long pilot study using iPads instead of textbooks, a San Francisco eighth-grade algebra class is showing signs of every teacher’s dream: the spark of engagement in her students’ eyes. Jeannetta Mitchell, a veteran teacher of 20 years, is encouraged by what she sees so far. “This is not a magic … Continue reading A Day in the Life of the iPad Classroom →

A New Tool in the Classroom Grabs the Spotlight

It’s easy to figure out why a 13-year-old’s eyes would light up if you give her an iPad. Think of all the possibilities: YouTube! Movies! Music! Angry Birds! But what about algebra? Would she be as excited about learning the quadratic equation just because it’s presented on a shiny tablet? Turns out that — at … Continue reading A New Tool in the Classroom Grabs the Spotlight →

Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II

The iPad’s impact on the role of the teacher, paid content versus free online and open-source content, and the learning process. Will eighth-graders who use the iPad to learn algebra do better than their textbook-using counterparts? That’s what publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Fuse pilot program will determine at the end of the school year. In … Continue reading Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II →

Algebra, Meet the iPad: A Year-Long Study Explores Learning With the Tablet

Whether or not the iPad is the Holy Grail in education has yet to be determined. But when one of the biggest textbook publishers in the world invests in a pilot program specifically for the Apple tablet, it’s a good indication that, at the very least, it’s on the short list. Since last fall, 400 … Continue reading Algebra, Meet the iPad: A Year-Long Study Explores Learning With the Tablet →

Learning Algebra with the iPad

“Is this the device or is this the first device? It’s hard to say. But what we can certainly say firmly is that it’s the best thing to have come along so far. The reason we did this test is to learn as a content provider, how do we take a really well-designed, high-functioning mobile … Continue reading Learning Algebra with the iPad →

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