The role of the iPad in the hands of the learner

Amandeep Dhir, Nahla M. Gahwaji, Gote Nyman

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    The iPad is a well-known handheld interactive multimedia tool that has been quite popular lately among teachers and students. Previous research indicates that handheld digital technology is, in general, capable of supporting learning and educational literacy; however, iPad-focused studies are still scarce. In this study, we access and review the instructional benefits of using the iPad in educational spaces, such as classrooms and laboratories, by reviewing a vast body of empirical and theoretical findings reported by multidisciplinary literature on digital technology and children, digital technology use in classrooms, and the impact of interactive technology on learning, instruction, and educational literature. We found that while some studies suggest that the iPad motivates and brings positive impact among students towards their studies, other studies suggest that the long-term impact of the iPad on learning could be even negative. Therefore, we highlight the common misconceptions and conflicts about the use of this new technology and discuss its advantages and challenges. We also sketch some of the future trends relevant to incorporating the iPad into our learning setups.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)706-727
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Universal Computer Science
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Collaborative work
    • Educational games
    • Instruction
    • Interactive technology
    • iPad
    • Learning
    • Pedagogy


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