World in Their Hands

Now a days you see lost of commercials where teachers are using smartphones and tablets motorola_xoom_schools-580x322in the classrooms to teach students. As a future educator I see the pros and cons of introducing technology to the students but does it lean one way over the other?

1. Putting a table in every students had eliminates the need for textbooks and handouts. This beneficial to the environment, saves time, and ensures that no one can ever claim they didn’t get the handout.

On the other side of that coin…are the students able  to take the tablets home? Some people require reading the same passage over and over to retain the information, so if the students only have access to the work in the classroom it can be a hindrance.

2. Tablets allow for interactive games that students can do in peer groups. This is a method of students teaching other students. That kind of environment encourages student development.

Now imagine you’re not paying close enough attention and all the students just start copying another student in the group. Unless you’re watching like a hawk you can’t be sure that the students are actually completing the work.

3. By adapting to the changing times, you are ensuring that as the teacher you are cultivating a classroom with maximum output.

Here we can run into a laziness problem. Now I’m not going to accuse teachers of being lazy I’m just going to go on record and state that a classroom full of toys encourages more playing than working

It can be a slippery slope but if lessons are well played, devices in the classroom can be a great tool

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5 thoughts on “World in Their Hands

  1. bmartindale2013 says:

    Amber, I think that you made some great points in your post! I appreciated that it was well-balanced, looking at both the pros and cons of using tablets in the classroom. I think that the feature of being able to have textbooks on the tablets is wonderful because all of the content is constantly accessible to the students. I do agree though that that presents a difficult question of whether or not the students can take the tablets home. However, with everything moving towards being more cloud-based, I believe that many textbooks have a cloud-based component that makes it possible for students to access the curriculum on a tablet at school and then go home and access it on their home computers. Also, I do agree that the use of tablets in the classroom can be abused either by the students (who don’t necessarily do what they need to do) or by the teacher (who may use them in order to “get out” of teaching), but that is the nature of anything in the classroom. I think that it is important for the teacher to create forms of accountability throughout the lesson in order to keep the students on task. I also think that it’s important for schools to properly train teachers on the use of tablets in the classroom and how they need to be equally balanced with instruction. I agree that there are new things to navigate and figure out with new technology, but like you said, we need to be willing as educators to stay up to date and make any necessary adjustments to make those new methods work.

  2. tamygaastra12 says:

    I completely agree with your points. If we give a student a tablet, we definitely would cut the costs of textbooks down and help save the environment. Hopefully students won’t end up destroying the tablet, that could become costly in the long run. I also see the benefit of collaboration by having the students have the ability to instantly share information with each other. But with this technology, laziness could become a factor. We already see it in the classroom since our students are surrounded by all kinds of technology, they are already becoming increasingly lazy.

  3. lukemeyer says:

    I like the format of your post…point, then counterpoint…point, then counterpoint. Nice job! I, too, agree that there are pros and cons, but I said that I would hard pressed to refuse an offer of tablets for every student. I think your first point is especially true. If kids do their reading on the tablet, you’re right, some students will suffer by not being able take their reading home with them.

  4. fsabatelli says:

    I really like all of the points you made and the fact that you listed pros and cons for each point. I definitely agree with you that tablets are very beneficial to the environment. I cannot even imagine how much paper we are able to save through the use of ebooks. It is also nice that the students have everything in one place. My one concern is the fact that students might loose or break their tablet. Then what do we do? Schools would not be able to replace every single one. I also like that you brought up the ability to use the tablet for peer work. This is a great way to have them do group work, even if they are not all in the same location. I am sure that the creators will eventually come up with some sort of way to lock the tablet so the teacher can only let students go on certain apps or sites.

  5. keithfragiacomo says:

    I agree with your thoughts when it comes to the hoenesty factor in the collaboration projects. I do feel that this is currently an issue even without the technology present. I can see the usefulness of these items in the classroom. Sending a student home with such a piece of equipment is going to be the deciding factor in most school districts when it comes to adopting such equipment in the first place. If it is used as an in class aid some of the possible benefits will be lost. I liked that 21st century class room chart, it pretty much summed up what I had pictured.

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