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DSB ONE Says iPads Are Having Positive Impact

A recent DSB ONE survey says students and teachers are enjoying the use of their iPads.

District School Board Ontario North East has released a survey that says iPads are having a clear, positive impact on students and staff at their schools when it comes to learning.

Board Vice-Principal of Curriculum Chad Mowbray says that their innovative approach to learning is working; he says the key has been listening to their staff and students, on how they can best provide them with the tools and skills to achieve their academic goals.

The survey results from the 2017/18 school year show 85 per cent of students used an iPad daily to learn, up ten per cent from the year prior, and 59 per cent of students agree it better organizes them, while 57 per cent agree they do better work on the iPad.

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Mowbray says there have been complaints, such as 12 per cent of students did not enjoy the iPad, but when asked, they preferred a keyboard for typing, something Mowbray says the school has now purchased 500 of to help with those issues.

Survey results also showed 90 per cent of teachers wish to continue using iPads within their classrooms.

Director of Education Lesleigh Dye says the use of this technology is leading to greater engagement from students and a higher success rate as well.

Dye says another survey is planned for May of 2019, and their goal is to get a 100 per cent response rate from their staff.

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