Introducing The iPad in A Norwegian High School: How Do Students and Teachers React to This Technology
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This thesis studies the use of iPad in a Norwegian classroom. The aim of this thesis is to evaluate how suitable the iPad is in a classroom, what are the advantages and disadvantages of using it and if it can produce increased motivation towards learning among students. To conduct this evaluation in a realistic setting, a class with 15 students together with 5 teachers were each provided with 1 iPad. A set of qualitative data gathering activities were selected; observations, focus group meetings and interviews. Through these activities empirical data was obtained for further analysis and discussion.Abstract The findings indicate that the iPad hold many advantages in a classroom, but not without disadvantages. iPad's convenient size made reading easier for the students. Multiple means of content representation and possible ways of expression provided students with options in learning. It was found an increase in motivation among several of the students. The disadvantages are that the iPad requires extensive training, if it would be used to it fullest potential and not as another substitute to a laptop computer. Lack of educational content, such as multimedia enriched books is needed to increase learning, simply because PDF versions of textbooks does not bring anything new except increased portability. Abstract The main challenge in this project was the balancing act of two somewhat conflicting goals: Acquiring knowledge of the pedagogical advantages of the iPad, thus covering the breadth of its features, while at the same time being constrained by very strict network restrictions, which resulted in that not all of iPad's features could be used. Abstract From this work, the project team has gained deep insight in how the iPad should be integrated into schools. We are particularly pleased with how many of the students used the iPad to solve tasks and used it with their schoolwork. The teachers in this thesis are positive towards the iPad's educational capabilities, and this thesis will provide useful information for anyone considering using the iPad in school and what kind of experiences and difficulties to expect.