Apple’s first iPad was released in 2010 and since then over nine million have been purchased. With increasing penetration of the education market, the question of how iPads are actually being used is not well known.
Bobby Nguyen and Barbara Chaparra presented findings from their study into the different ways students and non-students used their iPads.
The results? Generally speaking, students were found to use iPads for entertainment significantly more than non-students.
While students were playing games, watching videos and socialising, non-students were reading eBooks, News and Magazines. Both groups tended to use the device in either the living room or bedroom more than anywhere else.
With the increasing use of iPads in classrooms, the researchers suggest consideration be given to how this can best be achieved and the factors that could make the device effective for educational purposes be examined.
Apple iPad Usage Trends by Students and Non-Students, B. Nguyen & B. Chaparra, 2012, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting