Tablet deployment in schools!!

Schools began giving its students a learning material ” tablets” !!
Tablets have become the cool new kid in class. But not every school is using Apple, and not all of them are using tablets properly.Using computer technology in education is nothing new, but placing PCs on every desktop or assigning every student a laptop hasn’t been financially feasible for most secondary schools.

Not surprisingly, in many educators’ eyes, the evolution of the tablet holds the promise of finally making it financially viable to have a dedicated device for each student—what educators like to call “one-to-one” computing.

Sure, students not having to lug around textbooks is great. And yes, the time saved by eliminating trips to the computer lab and never having to pass out and collect laptops would be immense. But what about teachers using screen casts to monitor how students are doing their homework? And the long-term value of having a state of the art computer at all times?

The upside is clear, but there are also pitfalls to avoid, and best practices to adopt if a school is going to make its tablet program work.

Few things to be considered before deploying tablet in schools are:-

1. Carefully analyzing the total cost before launching a tablet program.

2. Each school has unique needs and infrastructure that require different solutions. What works for one school may not work for another.

3. Teachers and students should use the same hardware to ensure compatibility and to lower costs.

4. Schools should choose tablets that work well with a stylus on programs
5. Most teachers need professional-development programs to learn how to best use tablets in their teaching.

6. Teachers must buy into the program for it to work.

7. Teachers in each academic discipline should form their own groups to determine how to best use tablets for their particular subjects.

8. Buy durable products that can withstand constant and sometimes careless use.

9. Give students a sense of ownership of the tablets.
Let kids take them home and use them for personal use as well as homework. Students should be taught responsible use of the Internet, but there’s nothing wrong with them using their tablets to visit Facebook or You Tube.

10. Use as few filters on Internet sites as possible.
Of course, certain sites must be blocked, but filters can be so stringent that they block access to useful information.

11. Tablets don’t have to be distractions for students.
Keeping students from checking out the latest viral video during class is not that different than keeping them from doodling on a paper notebook. “It doesn’t require any more classroom management than in a traditional classroom,” Short said.

12. Tablets are just a tool, and can’t replace essential teaching skills.
Never lose sight of the goal, which is to enhance learning. Schools using tablets should continually seek out and adjust to feedback from students and teachers about how tablets are specifically helping them teach and learn.

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