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Best Use for iPad? Simulating Hard-to-Find Experiences

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Tablets are making their way into classrooms quickly and the iPad has long ruled the education market. Many schools and educators are using the iPad to make teaching more efficient and deliver content in a streamlined, interactive format. But, as Brian Handwerk describes in his National Geographic article, the transformative power of the iPad might be to transport students outside the classroom. Handwerk writes:

"Schneps pointed to a realistic demonstration of the solar system on the tablet as one such example of something that can be difficult to explain in a classroom. Tapping the unique powers of these devices unleashed neurocognitive learning capabilities in the brain that aren't often used during traditional instruction, he added."

iPads Improve Classroom Learning, Study FindsBrian Handwerk Published December 10, 2013 Just how big is the universe, how small is an atom, and how long have we humans lived on Earth, compared with dinosaurs? Such answers are better learned with an iPad, according to a new study that shows just how tablets tap neurocognitive abilities that help students understand enormous scale and other difficult concepts.

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