However, iPads and other competing devices proved to have a more universal appeal than critics first anticipated; it is now a common sight to see tablets used as teaching tools in classrooms throughout the UK.
Here, we explore the ways in which tablets can benefit students:
Unlimited Information at their Fingertips
When Tablets for Schools approached students to ask about the benefits of using tablets in the classroom, 100% of those asked revealed they could use the device to do research for schoolwork. Additionally, 90% of schools included in the research introduced tablets to the classroom ‘to support self-led research and problem solving’.
Students with access to an internet-enabled tablet device have access to an ever-expanding source of information. Primary research, secondary research and fact checking can all be easily completed with the help of a tablet, a more flexible object to integrate into the design of a classroom compared to PCs, which naturally take up far more space.
Increased Focus and Motivation
Making schoolwork more fun and more interactive adds extra incentive for students – tablets can help to increase focus and motivation. The virtual environment created by a tablet is stimulating for students who may feel unmotivated by a traditional classroom setting. This helps to increase the forms of learning available to the students. A number of teaching methods found on The Learning Pyramid can be efficiently provided and aided by a tablet device.
The Tablets for School research discovered that 87% of students found learning easier due to their tablet, 72% believed their standard of work had improved and 69% expressed significant increase in motivation.
The Student/Teacher Relationship
Many struggling students are intimidated by the idea of asking their teachers for help with questions or subjects they find difficult or confusing – sitting quietly, hoping the problem goes away. A tablet device can allow students to anonymously ask questions and seek help when they are feeling confused. Apps such as FeedbackFruits help to keep the identity of students voicing concerns a secret – increasing the chance students will actually seek help.
Additionally, work completed on a tablet can be shared between students and teachers at all times – accommodating instant feedback and improved correspondence.
One of the main responsibilities for curriculums, schools and teachers is to help students effectively prepare for working life. As technologies in the workplace continue to evolve and tablets become more widely used in a large number of industries and professions, students who are comfortable with these technologies can benefit significantly – potentially enjoying increased employability.
Typing and computer literacy have historically been important skills to list on the CV. These, now standard, skills could be supplanted or supplemented by tablet literacy.
An intelligently designed classroom can make the use of tablet devices even more efficient and seamless. A classroom with areas dedicated to both tablet and more traditional forms of learning can help students build a wider range of skills – helping improve their understanding of subjects and academic principles. The Innova Design team can help you build a classroom which accommodates a wide range of teaching methods.
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