New and emerging applications of tablet computers such as iPad in mathematics and science education

Nooriafshar, Mehryar (2011) New and emerging applications of tablet computers such as iPad in mathematics and science education. In: 11th International Conference of the Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project: Turning Dreams into Reality: Transformations and Paradigm Shifts in Mathematics Education, 11-17 Sept 2011, Grahamstown, South Africa.


This research paves the way for work and development in adopting the latest technologies in tablet computing in learning and teaching mathematics and science related topics. In particular, the more human-like interface features, offered by Apple’s iPad and other touch devices is being investigated for educational development. Preliminary studies by the author have demonstrated that students have a preference for using a device such as iPad in helping them with their studies. They have reported the unique touch interface, portability and easy eBook reading abilities as some of the significant features of iPad. This study has also identified the teaching capabilities of iPad from the teacher’s point of view. As part of this component of the research, the iPad was used to actively involve students in discussing and undertaking a series of specially developed case studies in classroom.

A number of useful and relevant apps for learning and teaching mathematics and science have also been identified as part of this research project.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2011 06:54
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 22:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology, interface, Education
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150309 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences

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