Education systems around the world have long relied on textbooks, pens and paper to deliver the curriculum. The only contact many children have with computers at school will be in dedicated IT lessons, but there is so much more that can be done with technology. Find out how schools are already welcoming technology in the classroom, and how your school could make the most of the devices available.
1) It’s about more than the technology itself
While information technology lessons teach children valuable skills about how to use computer software and hardware, schools are recognising that devices can be used for virtually any subject. Whether that’s putting language skills to the test with apps such as Duolingo or showing animated simulations of tricky scientific concepts, learning on a device should be just as important as learning about a device.
2) Devices are ideal for last-minute revision
Lots of students won’t be happy about lugging six different textbooks around. The ability to access revision materials and resources on a smartphone or tablet will give them a portable source of revision which won’t weigh them down on their way into their important exam.
3) Make reading time paperless
Reading doesn’t have to involve physical books anymore. Many people claim that e-books are faster to read than physical books, and many children prefer to read from a screen than from a paper book. What’s more, e-books are often cheaper than physical books and don’t take up any space, so you can provide a richer reading experience to your classes.
4) Bring Your Own Device
It won’t work for every school, but inviting students to bring their tablets or e-readers into the classroom can be useful when you can’t afford to provide everyone with devices. As long as the school has enough devices of its own to supply students who can’t or don’t want to use their own, a BYOD strategy can be a way to get around budgetary issues to provide a more rounded education supplemented with technology.
5) A new dimension
Everyone learns differently, and while a classroom-based discussion may suit some students, others may prefer to learn independently on a tablet. E-learning in the classroom is still a novel concept, so using a tablet to learn can engage students and keep them interested. And of course, if the exact learning material you need doesn’t exist in e-learning form, you can always build your own course in gomo!