From textbooks to tablets
Today, students live in a world different to the one their parents grew up in. The level of education they receive is in direct relationship to the extent both teachers and students actively participate in this ever changing environment. If the goal is to get students interested and motivated in their education, tablets are well poised to accomplish this.
A tablet has limitless potential for learning, inspiring creativity and delivering outstanding classroom engagement. It provides better content-rich resources compared to printed textbooks and requires more interaction from students. There are many studies showing the adaption of tablets can lead to better performance from the students.
As the technology has now reached a level of maturity, it can be efficiently applied in mainstream education without the technical difficulties encountered in the past. Many companies have already developed mobile apps for teachers and parents to track individual student progress. The students can now work together with parents and teachers in real time to help with learning outcomes that were not previously possible.
Tablets would not only make teaching more effective and fun, but can also save a significant amount of money. Teachers can communicate via email with students and parents or even deliver homework electronically, saving money on printing and binding costs.
Tablets can hold hundreds of textbooks in one device, including homework, quizzes, and many other files, eliminating the need for physical storage of books and classroom materials.
In addition, tablets contain many technological features that cannot be found in print textbooks. Such as the ability to highlight, edit text and write notes without ruining a textbook for the next user.
It also has a search function, a backlighting option to read in low light, and a built-in dictionary to make reading and research more convenient. Interactive diagrams and videos increase student creativity, motivation, attentiveness, and engagement with classroom materials.
Tablet allows teachers to customise student learning more effectively. There are thousands of education and tutoring applications on tablets, which teachers can use to tailor student learning to an individual style instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.
Research shows that it can benefit students to learn faster, reducing the learning time by 30-80%, improving student performance and results.
On a tablet, e-textbooks can be updated instantly to get new editions or up-to-date information. Schools will not have to constantly purchase new hardware, software, or new physical copies of textbooks.
Tablets are especially beneficial for subjects that constantly changes, such as biology or computer science. In addition, E-textbooks on tablets cost around 50-60% less than print textbooks, which can save a significant amount of cost.
Tablets lower the amount of paper teachers have to print for handouts, notices and assignments, helping to save the environment and money.
Files on one tablet can be downloaded onto any other tablet, increasing flexibility and convenience for teachers and students.
E-textbooks and other files can be stored on “cloud” servers and accessed on any equivalent device. Users can sign into an account on a different device and access all of their information.
From 2014, computer coding will become a manadory subject in UK, meaning tablets can be implemented into the new subject.
Tablets help students better prepare for a world immersed in technology. By learning technology skills early in life, students will be better prepared to pursue relevant careers later in life.