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ERIC Number: EJ1140537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2357
Middle School Students' Reactions to a 1:1 iPad Initiative and a Paperless Curriculum
Ferguson, Janet M.
Education and Information Technologies, v22 n3 p1149-1162 May 2017
In this study, 676 middle school students in grades 6, 7 and 8 were asked to complete a survey online, during class time, which asked them their opinions on using iPads in school. Responses to the survey questions were generally positive however comments written at the end were very critical of the initiative. Significant differences were found when comparing the responses of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Seventh grade students, who had been using the iPad since 6th grade, were significantly more positive than the 6th or 8th grade students. Also, the younger students in grade 6 were significantly more positive about using iPads than students in 8th grade. Gender differences were also found, with boys being more positive in their opinions than girls. Distraction and technical problems were among the problems students commented on, as well as eye strain from using the iPad for long periods of time. Increased engagement was evident from the high percentage of students who either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that "the iPad makes learning more fun and interesting."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 8; Grade 7
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Language: English
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