Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and Amelia Earhart Middle School in Riverside, California, collaborated in a year long study to determine the impact of the educational math program for the iPad.
The program is called HMH Fuse: Algebra I, and was designed for use with Apple’s iPad. Of course, as with any new pilot program, data was needed to measure effectiveness, and that’s where we pick up.
The idea was to measure the learning of students in the “Fuse” group, who used the iPad app, to the NonFuse group of students, who used a textbook for traditional mathematics learning. (One wonders what kind of “lottery” was used to decide which poor kids got stuck with a textbook.)
According to the Californian Standards Test those students using the iPad, 78%, scored at a level of proficient or advanced compared to 59% of the traditional test book users. This was not the only benefit.