Tablet technology in the classroom

Since around 2012, the use of tablets in the classroom has been a growing phenomenon with around 1 million being used in schools today.

Tablet technology is ever present in today’s society and enables teachers to bring education to life for any age from pre-school up until a time that a person decides to stop learning. The portable, responsive and interactive nature of a tablet makes learning in real time more engaging and memorable.

In-built cameras and more downloadable apps than you can ever imagine has lead tablets to being a highly successful addition to our children’s education and online documentation and interaction means teachers are able to build tighter educational relationships with their students, knowing exactly who has learned what, achieved what and where more explanation is needed.

So what does the tablet bring to the classroom?

Written communication. The importance of credible writing and communication skills should never be underestimated. Making this fun and relevant to the real world gives children the chance to communicate information in a very personal way, nurturing individual style and teaching how to make a story interesting. Blogging gives an instant appraisal of writing ability. The more ‘likes’ a post gets, the more successful the author has been at creating a gripping, well written piece verified by numerous opinions and not just that of the teacher.

Improving the art of communication. The use of tablets offers teachers a multitude of tools to engage with students, especially those with learning difficulties or difficulties engaging with words on a sheet of paper.  Interactive games, videos, augmented reality and visual stimulation pulls away from standardised teaching and leads to a more compelling way of communication between teacher and student.

Accessibility. With mega storage capabilities, tablets can hold text books, tutorials, notes, handouts and extra learning all in one piece of technology meaning  mostly anything and everything a student needs is in front of them on their tablet maximising the time used in the classroom for learning objectives.

Improving computer skills while learning core subjects. In a world run by computers more than people, the younger generations have to know their way around online systems and programmes to be able to function in the real world. The use of tablets in any class will improve tying skills and computer knowledge with the added advantage of accessible apps to learn coding, programming and a whole host of other computer skills, all of which can be used, say, within a language class to translate script or in a maths class to solve a mathematical problem or even in a geography lesson to access a 3D image of the Himalayan mountains.

Bringing the world to the classroom. Our planet no longer has to be full of the unknown. With tablet technology,  a virtual tour of the planet is easy. Real time web cams bring the southern hemisphere in to the northern hemisphere, data from remote weather stations can be analysed from the comfort of the classroom and communicating with children in a classroom 1000 miles away can all be done with the touch of a button. Technology brings accessible knowledge and makes the world a smaller place giving students opportunity, motivation and multiple skills to arm them in the world outside of the classroom.

 

Emma Williams

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