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Affordable, intuitive and engaging, tablets are now a common sight in many classrooms. Used by teachers and students alike, they can support traditional learning in a host of innovative ways.
So, let’s explore just some of the uses for tablets in schools and how they are assisting with the learning journey.
For even the youngest students, tablet technology is familiar. In a tech driven world, many children have already encountered and engaged with mobile technology and its associated apps and games by the time they reach school.
That’s seeing the education sector embrace tablets as a learning aid, utilising games, testing, and easy communication tools to engage students as they learn.
Along the way tablets offer an affordable option to textbooks, streamline administration and paperwork, and also improve computer skills in an age where digital literacy is a necessary requirement.
Here are some of the ways tablets are being used to improve the education journey.
In the hands of students, tablets offer a world of information at their fingertips. The latest reports, research and statistics are just an internet search away.
They can be used to explore topics, fact check, find further resources, or access recent news about the subject they’re currently studying.
Importantly they can show this information in a compelling and interactive way, offering how-to videos, images and diagrams of the topics involved.
In primary years in particular, tablets and iPads in schools are offering an innovative way for students to further their traditional learning.
In a classroom of kindergarten students for example, a phonics app works through letters and their sounds, then encourages children to match them, add some together and spell their first words.
It’s supported by traditional tools like handwriting practice and the reading of books, but for the kids the iPad is by far the most engaging, offering incentives and immediate feedback.
A unique asset of tablets is the many features they have available like cameras, accelerometers and sheer mobility.
Together these allow for learning discovery in a whole new way. Say for example a group of 11-year-old students is completing a project on the waste in their local environment.
Armed with a tablet and protective tablet holder they can walk their school, photograph or video the types of waste they find, document the results and then report back to the class using a simple power point presentation – all completed on one group device.
In the meantime, tablets are also playing an increasing role in student assessment.
Instead of utilising reams of paperwork, students log into a Cloud based testing site to undertake an exam. Their answers are automatically relayed back to the examining authority instantly once the exam is completed.
It’s faster than traditional examining, saves on the administration of distributing and collecting test papers, and for the modern tech savvy student, feels like a natural medium.
In this way, tablets also assist teachers, cutting down on the paperwork they are required to manage and mark and allowing them to track their students individual progress.
In addition, tablets in schools also save valuable time and resources on administration. A teacher armed with an iPad and iPad holder simply marks the role digitally, submitting their results straight to the office to indicate who’s there and who’s not.
Apps can keep track of student information like parent contact information, allergies, health issues and parent permissions. This simplifies events like school excursions or camps.
Not only can parents give digital permission for their child to attend, but should a child fall ill a teacher can quickly call up the student’s name to indicate any health concerns and the parents contact information.
One of the greatest benefits of tablet technology is that it’s affordable, with manufacturers like Apple releasing specific iPads to accommodate the needs and budget of the education sector.
Then a classroom environment can be created to further facilitate, streamline and enhance tablet use, utilising secure tablet holders, portable tablet enclosures or stands to protect the valuable hardware. Tablet and iPad stands also provide a solution to an ergonomically designed learning space. With students spending 8 hours a day at a desk, a tablet stand gives an adjustable option to suit the height needed.
Together this technology and its access helps broaden the learning journey, allowing technology to play a supportive role that facilitates modern learning.
Bosstab provides tablet stands and iPad stands for classrooms that can easily be installed with freestanding base options for mobility or a fixed screw mount option. Mobile learning in schools is reshaping the educational experience, and implementing adjustable tablet stands and cases assists teachers and students to adapt to this new digital environment.