The Electronic Classroom: iPads As Algebra Textbooks Gets Test Run In CA

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Do students with electronic teaching aids learn better than those with traditional methods?

That's the question that education firm Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is trying to answer.  In conjunction with California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss, they're launching a test program in four school districts that will swap out the algebra textbooks of 400 eighth-graders and replace them with customized iPads, loaded with electronic versions of the textbooks as well as online homework coaches, animated instructions on completing assignments, and hundreds of videos from teaching experts.  The students who get the iPads will have their progress tracked and compared to their classmates.

Some critics are already accusing the program of being little more than a sales platform for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, while others question whether the iPad-equipped students will in fact spend more time chatting, web surfing, etc. than actually studying.

some more iPad school example: Massachusetts Schools Adopt the iPad to Help Students, Will it Work?

[Via The Hill]