Books or tablets? 2.0 Classrooms are promoting the use of new technologies in education. The latest to join the classes, so far, are tablets that permit building a more interactive learning model.
First came the books and paper notebooks after computers and now tablets that are coming into the classroom. New technologies are transforming the education sector, little by little, is incorporating new tools and content to offer students a different way of learning.
The Observatory Technology, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, has analyzed the possibilities of tablets as classroom resource. Thus, it emphasizes the versatility, portability and functionality, as well as ecological and economic savings that allow these devices:
Thanks to tablets prevents the use of paper, with consequent savings in household expenses in materials and natural resources.
Students access content quickly and easily and can show up (answers to tasks, corrections, etc..) The teacher and their classmates instantly. They would be connected at all times.
Increased interaction with students, so as to create a real network. This may encourage the participation of students, maintain their level of attention and interest in the subject being taught and to encourage their creativity, among others. At the same time, the teacher can know in real time the level of understanding of their students.
This also includes the results Observatory Project Pilot Tablet Acer and European Schoolnet on the educational use of tablets made in Spain and other European countries during 2011 and 2012.
In our country also launched another initiative of this kind during the 2010-2011 school year, Project and Education Ebook FINGERS, involving twenty pupils of primary and second Macotera CEO Miguel Delibes (Salamanca).
For and against
For now, the project calls 2.0 classrooms, virtual classrooms or classrooms with whiteboards takes very little time up and will have to wait until they made known the results of the reports made about the benefits and disadvantages of the use of tablets in education.
As usual, there are people who support this type of tool as a complement to traditional education and others disagree. In this sense wield the age at which you start to use tablets and as such put that girl who can not turn the pages of a paper magazine because he wants to use as if it were a tablet. Your video was most viewed on YouTube.
Some educators say about tablets …
Professor Leandro López González, the IES Las Salinas del Mar Menor (La Manga) wrote a paper on ‘The use of the Tablet PC and PDA use in the practice of teaching’ which lists the advantages of using these devices:
You can replace a traditional slate tablet connected to a projector. The handwriting recognition module allows to show the whole class what is written or displayed from a single tablet.
You can save the texts on the screen to print, e students, etc..
The user can highlight or underline the contents directly and include comments. You can work with documents in any format (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, images, websites, etc..)
Approach the subject from another point of view to incorporate photographs, videos, presentations in real time.
The media have also been echoed in classrooms including tablets and have collected the favorable opinions of teachers. Among them that motivates pupils and their learning is faster because the contents are of a more attractive. Also, to share the results of exercises run less risk that a student is left behind. Finally, and not least important, develop greater interaction between teachers and students and among the latter.
Requirements for the widespread use of tablets in the classroom
In addition to the technical requirements specified by the Technology Observatory, such as operating system compatibility tablets and whiteboards, simple applications have annotation, writing or highlighting, not to forget the cost involved adapting traditional classrooms about 2.0. (Schools, colleges, universities), the need for training courses for teachers and students about the use of these new resources and the development of educational content and educational tools adapted to these devices, among others.