Presented at: American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, April 2013, San Francisco, CA.
Authors: Gregory S. Russell and Joan E. Hughes, Ph.D.
Abstract: Tablet computers like the iPad seem to be well-suited for educational purposes, but little empirical research yet exists that examines its potential. This ethnography characterizes the ways in which two, veteran English Language Arts teachers and their students use ubiquitous iPads to facilitate teaching and learning in high-school. Results indicate that the iPad improves the efficiencies of learning activities but also introduces new classroom management issues. Many teaching and learning activities replicate or amplify previous approaches, and a few are transformed. This research can provide guidance for other schools that endeavor to create ubiquitous tablet computing environments. Future research should examine the longitudinal effects of similar interventions.