Teaching with tablets
Although tablets have only been around for a few years, they've become an important tool that may change education forever.
- Bring textbooks to life instead of just reading about music or a famous speech, students can easily click to hear the song or speaker.
- Provide a familiar experience. Students have been using smartphones for years, and tablets are the natural next step.
- Tablet brands most owned (of adult tablet owners): 1) iPad - 61%; 2) Kindle - 14%; 3) Nook - 1%; 4) Other - 18%; 5) Don't know - 6%.
- Tablet ownership among college students and college-bound high school students has more than tripled from a year ago.: 1) 2011 - 7%; 2) 2012 - 25%.
Tablets in the class
There are many ways and reasons tablets are being used in the classroom, including:
- Provide alternatives to print books. The endless options for texts are often less expensive and don't wear out as quickly as print books. Users can also customize their reading experience.
- Suit students' needs. Tablets are smaller than laptops, more lightweight than textbooks, and feature a long battery life.
- Provide access to thousands of apps. Students can download any useful apps they need. tablets are also compatible with online teaching and learning platforms.
- Some districts are beginning to support students bringing in their own devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops to support learning in the classroom.
With all of the tablets available, which one would work best with your lifestyle and education?
- Features, device: 1) iPad 2, March 2011 ($399) - dimensions and display (9.7", 1024 x 768), capacity (16Gb), platform (iOS 5.1.1); 2) Nexus 7, July 2012 ($199) - dimensions and display (7", 1280 x 800), capacity
(8Gb), platform (Android 4.1); 3) Kindle Fire, November 2011 ($199) - dimensions and display (7", 1024 x 600), capacity (8Gb), platform (Android 2.3, customized); 4) Intel Studybook, April 2011 ($200 or less) -
dimensions and display (7", 1024 x 600), capacity (4Gb), platform (Android 3.0 or windows 7).
* Only available to schools.
** Intel doesn't set the price.
- iPad Mini. End of 2012 ($199-250) - dimensions and display (7.85", 1024 x 768), capacity (8Gb), platform (iOS 6).
- Kindle Fire 2. Fall 2012 ($199) - display (7", 8.9", 9.7" or 10.1" display), capacity (8Gb-16Gb), platform (Android, customized).
A Pearson Foundation survey conducted in March 2012 found:
- 46% of current tablet owners say they plan on buying another tablet within the next six months.
- 90% of college student and high school seniors believe tablets are valuable for both educational and personal purposes.
- 66% of college students believe that tablets help them study more efficiently.
- 64% believe the tablets help them do better in class.
- 70% of college students have read digital textbooks.
- 77% of college students believe tablets greatly enhance the learning experience.
A look at Apple
- Between April and june 2012, Apple sold to schools: 1 million ipads 500.00 Macs.
- Apple contributes that to dropping the device's cost to a less expensive $3.99.
- iTunes U has been downloaded 14 million times since its introduction in January.
- Since then, 700 K-12 schools and 125 colleges have signed up to use iTunes U.
- 500.000 iTunes U audio and video files are available for download.
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mashable.com | phys.org.
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