Tablets in the Classroom

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Tablets in the classroom enhance…

Presentations become interactive when every student has the use of a tablet in the classroom allowing engagement by different media.

Course Resources can be much more varied than textbooks.  Mobile apps, rich multimedia and interactive books can all be used to enhance the student experience.

Instant Communication, or feedback, is difficult in the classroom.  With tablets, polls can be built in to presentations and course resources for immediate feedback of student knowledge and progress.

Assessment can be conducted on a targeted and secure basis by the use of focusing software and distributed via Wi-Fi with automatic grading and student feedback.

21st Century Skills were identified as a crucial skills for students (Anderson, 2010) and using tablets directly address the need to equip students with the skills they need for the workplace regarding information literacy.

Tablets in the classroom make obsolete…

Laptops, although still useful and preferred for work outside the classroom, would be no longer needed, except in specialist classes.

Computer labs would not be needed for assessment security.

Textbooks would be replaced by guided interactive books.  No more student back problems from carrying heavy bags and more engagement as interactive books would adapt themselves to the students’ pace and ability.

Whiteboards would no longer be used as the teacher can display their notes directly onto the tablet in the students’ hands.

Smartboards would be replaced the the tablet’s capability to capture content and interact with students directly.

Tablets in the classroom retrieve…

Collaboration is challenging without tablets, whose form factor perfectly lends itself to being passed around and worked on in groups.

Personalized Learning is possible with tablets on an automated basis as apps can adapt to the students personal learning style and pace, which may bring them to the level required in their preferred way.

Tablets in the classroom will be made obsolete by…

Virtual reality will eventually replace tablets in the classroom as an immersive experience where anything is possible, will expand the possibilities for student engagement.

Neuroscience will eventually provide a way of feeding information into the brain, making tablets, and arguably teachers, obsolete.

References

Anderson, J. (2010). ICT Transforming Education: A Regional Guide. Retrieved September 24, 2015, from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001892/189216e.pdf