A new study has revealed that the use of iPads help students grasp scientific concepts of space more effectively compared to traditional classroom instruction.
Smithsonian researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said that use of iPads to explore 3-D simulations of the universe is learnt better than conventional teaching.
The study suggests that iPads and other tablets can improve student understanding of challenging scientific concepts like astronomical scale.
Schneps and his colleagues looked at gains in learning among 152 high-school students who used iPads to explore simulated space, and compared them to 1,184 students who used more traditional instructional approaches.
The researchers found that while the traditional approaches produced no evident gain in understanding, the iPad classrooms showed strong gains and their understanding improved with as little as 20 minutes of iPad use.