Tablet Computers

Tablet Computers

Touch-screens, tablet computers, iPads and slate devices are often considered to be the future of education. And it is easy to see why they are so popular—with longer and longer battery life, a very low profile, and intuitive user interfaces, they seem to be propelling us into the future.

Considering all of this, there are a few tips when using them in the classroom:

  • While tablets are relatively rugged—especially with a case—they are often handled and passed around even more than laptops. Setting expectations is a must.
  • Know your apps: There are tens of thousands of them. Depending on your content, there are apps that can likely enhance what you are doing in class. Explore these through the app store on your device (or just Google them!).
  • Tablets work very well for content consumption: reading a book, browsing the web, watching a video clip, or using an app. If you are doing these types of things, it’s time to whip out the tablets.
  • Creating things on a tablet is often more difficult than with a computer. Many tablets are touch-screen only, meaning that any typing that is to be done is done against a piece of glass, slowing things down for most.

Additionally, many tablets only allow a student to view one app at a time, making, say, taking notes from a web page more difficult than on a computer. Making movies and media slideshows, however, may well be easier on a tablet, due to their built-in camera and editing apps.

This is cutting edge technology, so let the students help find creative ways to use these devices in class.

Last modified: Monday, 2 July 2012, 12:15 PM