iPads in the Classrooms of Schools: A Systematic Literature Review

Md. Saifuddin Khalid, Petur Elias Askham Guttesen

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There is a need for emphasizing on the technological functionalities, pedagogical designs for learning, and barriers to the integration of iPads to inform the resistant teachers, school leaders, parents, and other stakeholders. This paper systematically reviews existing literature on iPads in the formal teaching activities in schools. Seventeen peer-reviewed articles are included for analysis. PRISMA checklist (Liberati et al., 2009) was considered as a matrix, while choosing quotes, topics, themes, and looking for patterns and relations among the articles. The themes are synthesized in six categories: 1) functionalities and conveniences in use, 2) iPad motivates, scaffolds learning process, and instills creative problem-solving skills, 3) mobile and multi-contextual, 4) digital content creation and consumption as 21st century skills, 5) barriers to the integration and adoption of iPad, and 6) scope of future research. There is a dearth of research focusing on the iPad-integrated pedagogical design of subject-specific lessons. This study suggests emphasizing on iPad-integrated pedagogical methods and techniques for subject-specific and app-appropriated learning activity design and implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2016
EditorsTheo Bastiaens
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationWaynesville, NC
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Publication date2016
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-939797-25-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventWorld Conference on E-learning: E-learn 2016 - Washington DC, United States
Duration: 14 Nov 201616 Nov 2016


ConferenceWorld Conference on E-learning
CountryUnited States
CityWashington DC


  • ipad
  • literature review
  • school

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