Last month, the iWizards sent out a survey to the student body, asking them these essential questions:
1) What are the iPad apps you use regularly for school?
2) What iPad apps do you find most essential to your learning and why?
3) What iPad apps would you like to learn a better understanding and mastery of?
4) Do you use a keyboard with your iPad? If yes, which kind of keyboard?
The survey was created by iWizard Sophie Sawicki. Three iWizards and three staff mentors examined the data: Alyssa Johnston , Madison Konja, Brooke Madak , Lisa Robinet, Chris Janusch, Larry Baker. We came to the following conclusions:
A second very interesting finding was that so many students depended on Quizlet in order to study and review materials. They enjoyed the flashcards, language features and options for reviewing . The committee concluded that Quizlet should be included in future orientations. The students on the committee said that both apps were attractive because they allowed students to individualize study methods. We felt that some of the other apps like Schoology, PowerSchool, Google Docs, and Pages stood out as essential because course workflow more or less mandated their use. That said, we thought it was interesting that a slightly greater number of the respondents use Google Slides than Keynote.
Finally, the iWizards have always debated what to recommend in regard to iPad keyboards. The school does not sell nor require iPad keyboards. Now we have some data: Students stated that they were mainly using three brands: Belkin, Logitech, and ClamCase. Going forward we can share this information without endorsing a product.