iPads in the Classroom: A Systematic Literature Review
Tuesday, November 15 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Location: Bell
Abstract: There is a need to study the functionalities, pedagogical designs for learning, and barriers to the integration of iPads to support teachers, school leaders, parents, and other stakeholders. This paper systematically reviews existing literature on the use of iPads in classrooms. 17 peer-reviewed articles were included for analysis. The PRISMA checklist was used as a matrix when selecting topics, themes, patterns, and relations among the articles. The themes were synthesized into six categories: 1) functionality and convenience of use; 2) motivation, scaffolding of the learning process, and instilling creative problem-solving skills; 3) iPads as mobile and multi-contextual device for learning; 4) digital content creation and consumption as 21st century skills; 5) barriers to the integration and adoption of iPads; and 6) scope for future research. This study suggests an emphasis on digital didactic designs, and studies on subject-specific, student-focused and app-appropriated iPad use.