iPads in classroom provide 20 percent jump in math scores, study says

After a yearlong pilot program in California initiated by publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the math scores of students using iPads jumped 20 percent compared with classrooms that used traditional paper textbooks.

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HMH Fuse: Algebra I was instituted at Amelia Earhart Middle School in the Riverside Unified School District as the world’s first iPad-driven algebra curriculum. According to the HMH official press release, 78 percent of students in the pilot program scored “proficient” or “advanced” on the California Standards Test for spring 2011.

Compared with the 59 percent of students that had the same rating using traditional textbooks, the iPad program seems to have been quite successful. HMH also notes that students in the pilot program were “more motivated, attentive, and engaged than traditionally educated peers.”

“By engineering a comprehensive platform that combines the best learning material with technology that embraces students’ strengths and addresses their weaknesses, we’ve gone far beyond the capabilities of an e-book to turn a one-way math lesson into an engaging, interactive, supportive learning experience.”

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