Bebell, Dorris and Muir (2012)/overview

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Bebell, D; Dorris, S. & Muir, M. (2012) Emerging results from the Nation's first kindergarten implementation of iPads. (accessed 2-May-2013)


Results of Maine's 1:1 iPad in kindergarden study - a nine week random controlled trial/quasi-experimental study involving 266 pupils in 16 classes in 6 schools. No significant differences found between the iPad/no-iPad groups except for "the Hearing and Recording Sounds in Words (HRSIW) subtest, which measures a child’s level of phonemic awareness and ability to represent sounds with letters, where the iPad pupils made significantly more progress (t= 2.36, p.<.05).


Is nine weeks really long enough to get sensible data about pupils learning progress?