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Could the iPad provide individuals with autism to overcome information access barriers? What the Study
looked at The data was collected over a year, students were asked to read a traditional print book and then answer a set of questions twice they then read an interactive e-book and had to answer a set of questions twice. How the study was conducted - Improved Results
- Reduced off-task behaviour Benefits - Difficult to organise
- No data base for books Negatives Overall the results of this small study showed that using iPads in the classroom was something that should be considered. The study concluded by saying that more research needed to help parents and professionals work out whether it would be a worthy investment. Overall the results show promise in using tablets in the classroom Conclusion Tablet technology in the classroom Where The 12 case studies were carried out to provide readers with an insight into what schools encountered when implementing Tablet PC’s into their schools. The case studies look at key issues, advantages and complementary technologies. What •Wireless networking- 10 out of the 12 schools used this.
•Memory Sticks- Essential for one school that did not have wireless networking, memory sticks were seen as a fail safe for when the technologies went down.
•Data Projectors- were seen as more cost effective than a laptop and projector or smart board. Students were able to connect their tablets to the projectors and display their own work. Complementary Technologies •Planning and preparation- Wireless networks
•Constant onsite assistance needed
•Cost Issues Issues •ITC integration across other curriculum subject areas
•Many of the schools commented that they were now teaching ICT skills in context rather than as discrete ICT lessons, and that the general level of ICT competence had increased.
•Ownership- proved more beneficial
•Motivation- One School noted a drop in absences on the days when the Tablets were due to be used.
•Extending learning to outside the classroom Advantages •For maximum benefit, needed to be used in conjunction with a wireless network
•Increased the amount of ICT use and the degree of integration of ICT across the curriculum
•Increased motivation, and hence were likely to have a positive impact on learning outcomes
•Supported moves to more independent and collaborative study Key Findings This report is based on 12 case studies carried out between the beginning of December 2004 and early February 2005. Seven primary schools and five secondary schools (including one special school) were selected from over 90 schools in England that were identified as using Tablet PCs in late 2004. There was a strong feeling in the schools that Tablet PCs have the potential to enhance learning and that this goes beyond what is possible with other technologies. All of this assumes the provision of a robust ICT infrastructure, including wireless networking, reliable servers, (immediate) technical support and pedagogically focused staff development. Conclusion Twining, P.; Evans, D.; Cook, D.; Ralston, J.; Selwood, I.; Jones, A.; Underwood, J.; Dillon, G.; Scanlon, E.; Heppell, S.; Kukulska-Hulme, A.; McAndrew, P. and Sheehy, K. (2005). Tablet PCs in schools: Case study report: A report for Becta by the Open University. Coventry, UK: Becta.
Price, A. (2011). Making a Difference with smart Tablets Are iPads really beneficial for students with Autism. Teacher Librarian, 31-34.