Mobile technology is making the classroom a more interactive, realistic, and effective place. Schools that have the funding to purchase iPads (or really any mobile tablet) are living that modern dream. For those that do not know, a tablet is a device that is the middle ground between a smart phone and laptop, both functionally and physically. (I’m sure as computer hardware improves, the lines between these will fade even more.) Tablets are portable computers that are almost weightless and have an endless amount of capabilities. Just to name a few, they can allow users to create and edit videos and photos, download all kinds of educational apps, play music, and use email.
Tablets can better our classrooms and students in so many ways. It is hard to know where to start. The main feature is probably the apps. There are apps that help special needs students stay on task, teach languages, provide instant homework help, and just on and on. But, it isn’t just the apps. Just the basic features of the tablet can be used to help students with all kinds of issues. For instance, the voice recorder can let students hear themselves speak. A student who is struggling with speech can actually use this to help correct the problem. One of the best perks is that students get excited about them. What more could we ask for?
Other than the normal caveats about becoming too reliant on technology, I’d say there is not a disadvantage. Our world is becoming more and more driven by technology, and our classrooms need to be reflective of that environmental shift. With tablets in the classroom, you can get more done in less time and ensure our students’ digital intelligence.
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