“Share!” may be the battle cry of parents while raising children for many, many years. And while it may not come naturally to little ones reluctant to play nice-nice with Legos and Play-Dooh, it turns out that those very same children can be inherent sharers when it comes to — get this — iPads.
Well, they may not relish sharing a tablet with a fellow student in class, but in a recent study, researchers observed 352 kindergarten students in three elementary schools. In one, there were no iPads; in the second, each pupil had his own tablet; and in the third school, students shared the screens.
Researchers tracked academic performance in each and it turns out, students who shared iPads — as opposed to those who had their own or didn’t have them at all — scored better. Actually, quite a bit better.
Here are the results: Kids who shared iPads scored 28% better on their literacy tests at the end of the year, whereas kids who used their own devices improved by 24% and kids who did not have iPads in the classroom improved by 20%. Read the full article here.
Maybe next time they can do a study on device sharing among siblings!