by Joe White
September 19, 2011
A university study investigating exactly how helpful iPads are in an academic environment has recently shared its findings. The results, which were obtained by Abilene Christian University and shared with TUAW, note that iPad-equipped students actually do excel in their studies. According to the website:
In one study, students who annotated text on their iPads scored 25% higher on questions regarding information transfer than their paper-based peers. In a separate project covering iPad usage patterns, two researchers studying ACU's first all-digital class discovered that the iPad promotes "learning moments" and helps students make more efficient use of their time. Grad students working in an online program reported a 95% satisfaction rate for online iPad-based coursework.For a while now, Apple has promoted the iPad has being an educational learning tool, drawing attention to applications such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote - the company's iWork suite for iOS. However, if the above findings are anything to go by, it would appear that this is more than just an advertising campaign, and that iPads really are helping students across the globe. If you're looking to use your iPad as a learning tool, take a look at our "iPad Apps For College" applist, where we outline the essential applications any iPad-equipped college student should own. And if you often use your iPad inside the classroom, let us know in the comments.