If you have ever had a question about your iPad, you know you can find the answer online. Pretty soon however, you will be able to ask your 5th grader. Schools are currently testing new technology in the classroom as a way of teaching their students about technology as well as using it as a tool for teaching. These gadgets are proving valuable in the classroom regardless of a few limitations.
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It’s no surprise that the iPad was considered for the classroom. With the available apps for every subject and every need, the iPad is a great choice for a teaching tool. With young students already more tech savvy than their parents, the iPad is easy enough for children to learn.
Even with the many uses the iPad has in the classroom, schools are finding its limitations becoming an issue and preventing them from fully implementing these tablets as a learning tool. The need for an internet connection, lack of a keyboard, inability to support Flash, and cost are just a few issues that may take the iPad out of the classroom.
The next runner up in the tablet race is Android tablets. With a large library of available apps, the Android tablets are a viable choice for a learning tool. As the cost of Android tablets is lower than the iPad, it is more feasible for schools.
However, administrators are running into the same problems with the Android tablets as the iPad. With the need for internet connection and the lack of keyboards, the familiarity within the students is lacking. Though the tablet does include a virtual keyboard, the same as an iPad, it is harder to type on than a conventional keyboard and is time consuming to use.
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Another technology that schools are testing and looking closely at is Google Chromebooks. With an included keyboard, laptop feel, and familiarity, it is easier for young students to use. The cost is lower than the iPad and Android tablets, which is easier for schools on limited budgets to afford.
The internet issue is still present with the Chromebook. As many schools are still using wired networks in their computer labs and classrooms, connecting a class full of Chromebooks would mean switching to a wireless network. This usually comes at a high cost for the school.
Technology in the classroom only makes sense. As our world is run on technology, teaching our youngsters will only help them in the future. By using technology to find information, learn to use the web effectively and keep them up to date with the latest technology, we could see a future of more productive graduates entering the workforce.
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