“The reaction was pretty much night and day, when compared to the results of the 2009 study [of the Kindle],” said Ringle, whose team is currently drafting a white paper detailing the results of the iPad evaluation. In general, he said students found the iPad to be flexible and versatile enough to allow them to read course materials, annotate and highlight passages of text, pull up reference materials, store notes, and prepare reports.
During the evaluation, Ringle said faculty also kept an eye on the level of distraction created by a tablet computer versus a laptop or desktop. The consensus was that pupils were less apt to be using e-mail, instant messaging, or social networking sites while sitting in class with a tablet computer. “Tablets don’t have the same form factor, so you can’t hide behind them,” said Ringle. “Our hope is that students will use them primarily, if not exclusively, for classroom work.”
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