Education sector is constantly trying to adopt new technologies to make learning more engaging, effective and affordable. Be it virtual lessons, visual simulations, or use of digital content, everything is being tried and tested.Rise of education standard has propelled use of technology.
For these alternative learning methods and for all the technological development in the education sector, tablets are being looked upon as a perfect medium. They embody a perfect solution because of their portability, flexibility, functionality and cost effectiveness. A reasonably priced tablet with right choices of settings could easily work like a computer.
These tablets aid in effective delivery of information in classrooms as they are interactive and very easy to use. Thanks to modern UI design methodologies, even young students can quickly learn how to get most out of tablets.
There are many advantages of providing tablets to students, here is a list of some of these advantages:
Tablets are acting as more than a text book: Tablets are capable of offering enhanced e-books featuring video, audio and images. Students can listen to the audio or watch video of any topic instead of reading about the topic. This augments the learning skills of students and is much faster and less time consuming.
Interactive delivery of information and extended learning: Using tablets in classrooms gives an interactive option for kids to learn their daily lessons. Often, interaction between teachers and students in large classrooms becomes difficult. In other instances, students may feel a little apprehensive or shy to ask a question to the teacher in front of the class, but with tablets, students can ask the same question without any hesitation, which the teacher can answer privately. Tablets and other mobile devices are also extending the process of learning beyond the walls of the classroom to children’s home as they have the option of playing the teaching session, recorded in the classroom.
Easy-to-create presentations: With the easy integration of presentation software like MS PowerPoint in tablets, it has become an integral part of numerous instructional settings. This is becoming quite popular, especially among courses that are geared more towards information exchange than skill development. Tablets can be a highly effective tool to do real-time writing, drawing and animation during a presentation.
Online tests: Tablets these days are replacing desktop computers for conducting tests online. When there are a large number of students and the tests have to be conducted smoothly, tablets can be used to resolve the situation if there are limited number of desktop computers.
Access to digital library: Searching for books in a traditional library is a painful and time-consuming task. With the help of a tablet, students can search a book of their interest by its title and author’s name, create wish list of the books and also bookmark on their tablet. With the availability of innumerable apps, teachers and students have instant access to a wealth of information from experts in their field.
Information display (School events, notices, news, exam schedules, bus schedules etc.) and sharing work: Tablets are easy tools for communicating information among students, teachers and parents. For example, using online shared whiteboards, students can work on shared problems.
Reduce use of printed sheets (going green) and save cost: Tablets are being used to reduce the need for textbooks and other printed materials. Digital content on tablets can easily be updated and can also potentially offer financial savings on materials and textbooks.
Though education sector is moving towards digitized learning methods with the help of mobile technology, there are still a few challenges that need attention. These powerful mobile devices with interactive features could be easily misused by users and the task of ensuring effective use of mobile technology will always be a concern for school authorities. For example, students can download unauthorized applications and other prohibited content with a few taps on the screen and there will always be possibility of students tampering with the settings of the device.
The best way for schools to avoid any device misuse and tampering of settings would be to use a light-weight solution that would lockdown the device to only required applications, websites and other functions. Lockdown solutions like SureLock and SureFox can restrain the users and students from using unauthorized applications, visiting unauthorized websites, restrict downloads, protect device settings with a password without affecting the device functionality.