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iPads and Children of Poverty

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Matthew Schreiber wrote an article after researching the effect iPads have on student achievement. The purpose of Schreiber's research was to find out if iPads play a positive roll in increasing student achievement. Several school districts in Auburn, Maine asked themselves what would happen if an iPad was given to each student in the district. At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year 3 of the districts gave every student K-12 an iPad. Districts that have implemented 1-to-1 (1 iPad per Student) programs have seen positive results. Integrating this technology in the classroom has proven to be beneficial to students and teachers. The main goal when implementing this type of technology is to increase student achievement levels and the districts who have this program are seeing undeniable results.

A qualitative study on iPads was completed to see the effectiveness of iPads when designing and delivering instruction. In this type of research a researcher studies a select group (8 English Teachers in Midland, Texas) over a prolonged period of time in a natural setting. The researcher observed and interviewed to find important information on the topic of iPads. After researching the results proved that students were more engaged, the current apps made content more relevant and interesting for students. (Schreiber, 2013)

Having these tablets is an opportunity for educators and students is an opportunity to grow not only in technology, but most of all in their academic work.
Utilizing iPad’s to Enhance Student Classroom Performance
Voicethread is a free app used to collaborate with others, create presentations, learn new ways of communicating and much more.

How does it help student achievement for children in poverty?

*Voicethread allows students to be creative and take ownership of their work. This in turn gives them a sense of responsibility and sparks and interest. All of this leads to engagement in the classroom. Voicethread does not always have to be an end product, instead it can be used for project-based learning. With project-based learning students can use Voicethread as a tool to learn as they go through a unit by asking and answering questions on a slide, uploading slides as they go through a unit to show their learning, explaining problems and solving them and many more performance tasks along the way depending on what students are learning at the time.
Cloud on is a free productivity app that allows you to create and/or modify a Microsoft Excel, Word, or PowerPoint document. It uses cloud based services to store documents such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and SkyDrive. This allows a user to go between a computer and iPad. This app works great for the class that since I teach Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint, and Access. The features are not quite as advanced at MS Office Suite 2010 but it has all the necessary features to create a professional document.
This is a great app for children living in poverty because it is FREEE, and allows them to access the file from any internet based device. More reasons are listed t the right.

iPads In The Classroom
by: Jessica Mulholland
This article directly relates to whether or not iPads can effect and have a positive impact on student learning. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) provided 20 schools with iPads and collected the research/feedback needed to make a sound inference as to whether or not incorporating these devices on a much larger scale is beneficial. CPS provided these various 20 K-12 public schools with the devices as well as adequate training which includes a monthly professional development day that is solely focused on adapting the iPad to the adverse classroom. They immediately found that the ability to provide feedback and quickly assess student learning was of tremendous benefit. “We felt that the iPad was a tool, because of its visual and hands-on design, would really be a natural fit for our youngest learners.” Hence, they hypothesized that if they provided their students with this real-world and applicable learning tool, a significant impact would likely occur with regards to student achievement. CPS teachers stated that the abundance of apps was an easy way to introduce and differentiate an array of diverse learners within one stereotypical classroom. CPS suggests a “grounds up” approach with regards to effectively “rolling the devices out” in other areas. Schools should be provided with the relevant training, assistance, and funds in order to be able to allow the facilitators and learners the means to continuously adopt the skills, software, and tools that will empower their learning and embrace the change over time.
How do iPads Promote Learning?
iPads allow students to be actively engaged
Apps provide immediate feedback in interactive/game type formats
iPads allow teachers to expand learning the learning environment - giving students access to a world of resources

iPads and Children of Poverty

Ways iPad Promotes learning for Children in Poverty
By Jill Hughey
ELL to Go
Article Summary

Summary by : Jill Hughey
Jill's Work Cited
1 - Keeps students engaged.
2 - Portable - Allows students to access information when they need it.
3- Provides APPS that allow students to
complete assignments using technology
otherwise not available.
4 - Makes students an active part of their learning
iPads In The Classroom
by:Government Technology
Ways iPads Promote Learning
Educreations is a free education app that transforms your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Students can: Explain how they solved a math problem... Create an animated lesson... Add annotations to photos... Diagram a science flow chart...

Educreations provides the following features:
voice recording
10 colors of realistic digital ink
photos and text
animate images by dragging them around while recording
simple sharing through email, Facebook or Twitter

Works Cited:
Lustenhouwer, S. (2012, November 10). Apps for multiple intelligences | ipadders.eu. Retrieved June 13, 2013, from http://ipadders.eu/apps-for-multiple-intelligences/

Mulholland, J. (2011, March 29). iPads in the Classroom [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.govtech.com/education/iPads-In-The-Classroom.html

Roberts, W., & Streeter, C. (2013). Educreations - Teach What You Know. Learn What You Don't. Retrieved June 13, 2013, from http://www.educreations.com

Use Educreations to teach what you have learned!
You Tube Introduction to
Word Wizard App

Uses for
Word Wizard

Spelling Quizzes
Word Wizard
is a useful app for
children of poverty because students can see, hear, and touch to learn. Word Wizard actively engages students provides options for differentiation and immediate feedback. Students can list, compare, classify and construct words and sentences, which addresses several levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Word Wizard is a customizable and fun app for
Works Cited
Getting, S., & Stained, K. (2013). First Graders With iPads [Research]. Retrieved from International Society for Technology in Education: www.iste@iste.org

Wainwright, A. (2012). Transforming [Photograph]. Retrieved from www.teachthought.com

Relish a, S. R. (2012). Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads [Computer generated visual aid]. Retrieved from Www.globallyconnectedlearning.com

iPads in First Grade?
by Sara Getting and Karin Swainey
Sara Getting and Karin Swainey completed a research project in August 2012. First graders were evaluated to see if the use of iPads would increase reading achievement in two lowest achievement groups. Participants were grouped by RtI levels. During the research, Getting and Swainey, measured sigh-word scores, fluency, comprehension, and targeted vocabulary measure time on task with and without iPads. Results indicated elevated average gains for end of the year testing for students who routinely used iPads compared to those who did not use iPads. Furthermore, the study showed that attentiveness and a15% - 20% average, time on task increase with the use of iPads. In groups, extensive comprehension and fluency growths allow students to make at least 20 changes per grouped throughout the year. Getting and Swainey concluded that iPad usage increased word recognition, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary recognition and meaning

iPad’s to Enhance Performance
Ell to Go

iPads in the Classroon

First Graders with iPads?
Word Wizard

A Breakthrough for Josh: How Use of an iPad Facilitated Reading Improvement
Why CloudOn is effective for Children in Poverty..
Can save files in the cloud and finish on another computer - at home, library, etc.
Skills required for graduation at CHS (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Prepares students for the workplace
This APP is free!
by: Matthew L. Schreiber
Voicethread App
Voicethread App:
an effective tool
for students in poverty
Gives students the opportunity to build communication skills and even speaking skills with digital tools
Students use various ways to collaborate with other students using digital tools
Students can interact with this technology by commenting and doodling. They are able to extend beyond using Voicethread as a presentation tool and instead use as a project based learning tool

Students are allowed to be creative and have choice which makes LEARNING interesting and more meaningful.
Students in Poverty -
Literacy Skills for iPad
Work Cited
Students are engaged.
Provides real world applications and can be individualized to fit the needs of each learner.
Enables today's learner with the adequate skills needed in tomorrow's workforce.
This free app enhances individualized students' learning by meeting the kinesthetic, visual and auditory needs that would otherwise be taught as rote instruction.

This app allows the individual learner to grasp the skills needed to flourish in our technologically driven society.
Educreations App Benefits Children of Poverty
iPads promote learning in children of poverty because they:
- empower students with the tools necessary to become self-directed learners
- create enthusiasm and excitement in the classroom
- bring students together by allowing them to share what they are doing
- help make learning an active-not passive-event

Edmodo is an excellent tool for class communication, collaboration, and sharing. It is a safe and easy way for students, parents, and the teacher to connect. Teachers can post materials including tutorials, assignments, videos, links to articles, and documents. They can also reward students with badges for extra incentives. Students can use the calendar to keep up with assignments, take polls, communicate to the whole class or their small group, complete quizzes, and submit assignments. Parents can stay up to date on what students are learning and doing in the class. Edmodo looks and works similar to Facebook, which makes it intriguing to students. This app works well with children of poverty because they can interact with others, get quick feedback, it extends learning into the home by being able to connect to the class anywhere, and it is more likely to get parents involved.
How iPads promote learning for Students in Poverty

1. Promotes student collaboration and speaking and listening skills

2. Many apps on the iPad motivate and engage students to read and write using various tools.

3. Students are able to interact and use critical thinking and problem solving skills to create

4. Gives students a chance to take ownership of their learning
A Breakthrough for Josh: How the Use of an iPad Impacted Reading Fluency
This article documented how using an iPad helped a 5th grade boy with ADHD who was reading on a 2nd grade level improve one full grade in reading level within 6 weeks of tutoring. This student met with a tutor twice a week for six weeks. Initially, she tried to help him using research based reading activities with him, but he could not sit still long enough to concentrate. When she brought out an iPad, he did the activities without squirming around and was focused. The teacher used educational games to work on word recognition and comprehension. She also used eBooks that allowed him to record himself reading. After Josh heard himself read, he noticed that he read too fast and was not comprehending what the text was saying. The tutor also taught him note taking strategies. Josh said, “If I would have learned how to do these things when I first started school, I wouldn’t have had such a hard time.” By engaging him through technology, the child was able to focus and learn. He not only improved a full grade reading level, but developed a more positive attitude toward reading. The fact that the teacher first tried to use no-tech research based strategies to improve his reading and they didn’t work for him, demonstrates that it was the iPad that made the difference in his reading gains. The higher stimulation of the iPad allowed him to engage in his learning, in spite of his ADHD, in ways that he had not been able to do in a traditional classroom. Also, the feature of recording his reading helped him realize his mistakes and increased his comprehension.
By Shaina Ray
Shaina Ray
Shaina Ray

26 Different Ways to use Voicethread
Amanda Gregory
Edmodo. (2011, October 20). Edmodo at a glance [Video
file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-KBwriCO-

Kennedy, E., McClanahan, B., Tate, S., & Williams, K.
(2012, May). A breakthrough for Josh: How use of an iPad facilitated reading improvement. TechTrends, 56(3), 20-28.
Shaina's Works Cited
Check it out
Schreiber, M. L. (2013). Utilizing ipads to enhance student classroom performance. Retrieved from

Turcsany, T. (Performer) (2011, March 7). Apple
education learning with ipad us. [Video File].

Retrieved from
M. Oswald
M. Oswald
During our individual research to we found that iPads in the classroom have a positive effect on achievement for students in poverty. In many aspects iPads are the breakthrough technology that hold the tools students need to take ownership over their learning. When using iPads students use many higher order thinking skills such as collaborating with peers, application of real world thinking, problem solving skills, creating, evaluating, analyzing, and applying
M. Oswald
Article written by: Jennifer Demski
Shaina Ray
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