Tablets could be great for education

Tablets could be great for education
Students are starting to see more iPads in their classrooms.

We're far beyond the age of blackboard and chalk, as students and teachers are now seeing a greater breadth of use of tablet devices in the classroom. The Telegraph reported that more schools are starting to replace textbooks with new technology, and teachers are starting to become "learning enablers​," leading children through material instead of lecturing at them. With all of these devices in the hands of students, school districts may find they are in greater need of iPad repair services.

"The entire system will change," said Sugata Mitra, professor of education technology at Newcastle University, according to the news source. "Teachers are intelligent people; they will teach differently. They will insist that you don't memorize, you can look it up on Google."

It seems there are some stated benefits for children using these tablets, as CNET reported on a recent iPad pilot program in California in which the math scores of children using these devices saw a 20 percent improvement compared with students who were using traditional textbooks.

The pilot program showed that 78 percent of students scored "proficient" or "advanced" on California standard tests compared with 59 percent of students who were using textbooks. The program said students on tablets were more motivated, attentive and engaged than textbook-using peers.

"By engineering a comprehensive platform that combines the best learning material with technology that embraces students' strengths and addresses their weaknesses, we've gone far beyond the capabilities of an e-book to turn a one-way math lesson into an engaging, interactive, supportive learning experience," stated the company running the pilot program.

Higher education can see good use from iPads as well
​MobiHealthNews reported that more medical schools are starting to use iPads as well, including the University of California Irvine's iMedEd program. This features 104 medical students from the class of 2014 using an iPad from when they started in 2010. The first class to receive the iPad scored an average of 23 percent higher than their previous paper-based peers on national exams.

Students receive iPads that have a suite of electronic textbooks, podcasts of lectures and class management systems. Dr. Warren Wiechmann, faculty director of UC Irvine's Instructional Technologies Group, said the students' enthusiasm and willingness to learn via these devices are unparalleled and have been the key to the success of the program.

Marcelina Hardy

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