The aim of our eBook project was to explore the use of an iPad as an eBook reader within the context of a primary school classroom. While many schools have embraced iPads, their use in schools is still in its infancy and this study was frustrated in some ways by the lack of resources and technological support available.
Although the students participating in the study reported an increase in engagement when using the iPad, there was not a corresponding rise in achievement. In fact, among young “low” readers, their comprehension scores actually decreased. Teachers also reported “mixed feelings” about the use of the eBook reader. At times it served as a distracter and it also frustrated attempts to engage the students in “offline” discussion, suggesting there are strong implications for pedagogy. Teachers will be required to adapt the way they teach to accommodate this new technology.
A guide to iPad