School technology and security

 

In classrooms around the world today, students are often seated at communal tables with an iPad or similar tablet device in front of them. Teachers move amongst the students, and the focus of learning is on the student and their iPad display as opposed to a chalkboard at the front of the room. There are now companies that will offer support and assistance with configuring your classroom tablet learning, such as UK based classroom tablet provider SchoolTechHub. http://www.schooltechhub.co.uk

Parents, teachers and students are somewhat divided as to the opportunities that these changes have created. However, good, bad or ugly; tablets, iPads and even more advanced technology is destined for our classrooms. Will it help or hinder our children and the way they learn, adapt, and connect with a rapidly changing world?

The Development of Tablet Technology

Apple was one of the first companies to invest significant resources in the development of tablet technology. “Apple Newton” was released in 1993 and other corporations soon began production of similar devices. In 2010 Apple made serious waves when they released the iPad. Web browsing, email, and many other features were available on a lightweight, easily portable device. iPads are one of the most popular tablets in use in classrooms today. There has been a lot of media discussion on the subject and this article in the Guardian makes interesting reading.

How Soon is Too Soon?

In some schools, kids are arriving at their kindergarten classroom armed with tablet devices. Most Doctors and academics discourage the use of iPads and other tablet devices for children before their second birthday. But given the popularity and availability of tablet technology, exposure soon after is inevitable.

By the time children enter primary school, they will almost certainly be using iPads and other tablet devices in the classroom. Possibly, the sooner they are familiar with one of the dominant technologies that is so important in the modern world, the better prepared they are to apply it in their lives and benefit from it.

Applications for Tablets in the Classroom

In the classrooms of today, sometimes each student will work with one tablet. In other situations, children will share tablets. Often tablets are used in conjunction with textbooks and another medium to provide a more complete learning experience. I Pads and other tablets are armed with a wide variety of apps designed to enhance the learning experience.

The use of iPads and tablets in the classroom also helps students evaluate their own performance, as well as that of their peers. Students can make videos of themselves and each other during presentations and speeches. Feedback and peer reaction is instantaneous. Discussions and debate that might ordinarily be put off or forgotten can happen immediately.

Another advantage of using tablet technology in the classroom is the flexibility it gives to teachers and students alike. Lessons and interests can be tailored to each student in the class and teachers can more easily track each student progress.

Special needs students and kids with learning disabilities can benefit from the increasing presence of i Pads and other tablets in the classroom. Areas that a student needs extra help with can be identified early and strategies developed to address the situation quickly. Kids that dont fall behind are far more likely to stick with the program and advance at their own pace.

One Experiments in Ipad Education

Los Angeles was one of the first cities to experiment with providing every student with an ipad. In 2013 the LA Unified School Board spent  30 million dollars to make sure every student had access to tablet technology in in every classroom. Part of the idea is to make sure that children from families of all income levels will have access to one of todays dominant technologies.

Can We Come to a Conclusion?

Ipads and tablet technology in our classrooms will continue to grow. There will continue to be some debate over how this will effect our kids academic performance and how much it will help them build a better future. Like most of the products of human ingenuity, it will likely be what we make of it.