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Tablets in Education – it’s based on the student demographic

Recently I came across an article on EdtechReview around the statistics of iPads in education. I’ve always been a strong advocate for technology in education, and those that know me know that I think Apple products are far more superior than other products on the market, especially with the access to millions of secure apps. Some of the statistics that struck me (albeit in the US) include 90% of digital books are partnered and delivered via the Apple eco system – that’s massive and a big call! The college that I work for initially looked at creating iBooks and iTunes U courses for our Business qualifications. We are still gathering statistics on these books as they’ve only been running for a few months, but there was a lot of work to get these in place. In saying that, we are looking at alternatives based on the drop in iPad usage (due to business changes) which have significantly reduced the iPad technology available to students. 75% of students agreed that the iPad enhanced their learning experience. This is a very high number, and I could argue that this does depend on the target student demographic. I ran a survey against students across multiple disciplines who are doing courses with the college I work for. The survey was on which mobile platforms they prefer to do their studies on. It was very close with 48% preferring iPad and 42% preferring Android. This proves the demographic has something to do with the choice of platform. I work in the Vocational Education Sector or VET […]

Formative Assessments tools iTunes U

This collection of resources for assessing student learning includes apps for real-time polling, creative demonstration of understanding, and building digital portfolios. Also included are books on assessment research, theory, and practice as well as a new Apple guide providing examples of how to use these valuable tools. https://itunes.com/formativeassessment