Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Differentiated Instruction

Capstone Instructor

Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo

Second Reader

Ann Kern


iPads, academic, achievement, technology, elementary, education, differentiate, instruction



Technology in education is continuously changing and having various effects on both teaching and students' academics. It is essential to understand how both teachers and students are impacted by technology and to learn what research suggests. The topic explored throughout this paper is how professional educators utilize 1:1 iPads in elementary school positively impact students’ academic achievement. In order to examine existing research on this topic, it was important to utilize both quantitative and qualitative research which helped to identify various factors about how the use of 1:1 iPads in the elementary classroom can have positive effects on students' academic achievement. The literature showed the use of iPads and technology in the classroom had positive effects on academic achievement, especially in the short-term. The long-term effects of iPads and academic achievement appeared to be inconclusive. However, through the use of proper iPad and technology integration, student engagement, and using game-based learning, the use of iPads helped to create a positive learning environment that promoted success.

Key Words: iPads, differentiated instruction, integration

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