The digital revolution is redefining how we carry out our daily lives including how we get educated. The same is true for the younger generations today since they so much exposure to technology. The debate has begun whether in secondary education the implementation of tablets into the classroom is going to enhance the education and learning process for most students.
The internet is accessible in the classroom in the United States for about 98 percent of Americans, according to ProCon.org. The independent and non-profit charity launched a brand new website called “Tablets vs. Textbooks” that aims to broaden the understanding of the pros and cons for this subject matter.
“Proponents of tablets say that they are supported by most teachers and students, are much lighter than print textbooks, and improve standardized test scores. They say that tablets can hold hundreds of textbooks, save the environment by lowering the amount of printing, increase student interactivity and creativity, and that digital textbooks are cheaper than print textbooks,” according to the report.
The ever increasing presence of technology was sparked with the innovation of smartphones over time and their continued sophisticated development unleashed unparalleled inventions. Popular smartphone platforms for phones for the likes of Google, Apple. Rim, Microsoft and Symbian all contributed in the evolution of these technologies.
These gadgets paved the way for Tablets to be introduced into the market and consumers have become more acquainted with them including their younger counterparts. The launch of the iPad for Apple opened the floodgates for tablets to increase their permanent presence and their consideration to be use in class is a good idea in the long run.
If you want to learn more about the topic, visit the website by clicking here. The topic is broken down into four sections: Did you Know?, Pro & Con Arguments, Background and Video Gallery.
The inclusion of tablets into classrooms will improve and prepare students for jobs in the digital technology field. As with everything that is new the expected resistance towards this idea is a natural human condition.
Making sure there is a structured learning curriculum along with qualified teachers with a clear mission nothing can should go wrong. The technology does allow us to monitor and better track who is following the lesson plan, so in some ways this may work to the benefit of the professors.
Below is a list of facts and the pros & cons of the Tablets put together by the organization. The are the following:
1. A 4GB tablet filled with 3,500 e-books weighs a billionth of a billionth of a gram more than if it were empty of data – a difference that is approximately the same weight as a molecule of DNA. The same number of physical books would weigh about two tons.
2. In San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, robberies related to internet-enabled handheld devices have accounted for 50, 40, and 25 percent respectively of all robberies in 2012.
3. During the 2011-12 school year more than 13,700 US kids, aged 5 to 18, were treated in hospitals and doctors’ offices for backpack-related injuries such as contusions, sprains, fractures, and strains to the back and shoulders
4. Students who used an interactive, digital version of an Algebra 1 textbook for Apple’s iPad in California’s Riverside Unified School District in 2012 scored 20 percent higher on standardized tests vs. students who learned with print textbooks.
5. Publishing for the K-12 school market is an $8 billion industry, with three companies – McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – capturing about 85% of this market. Tablets are a $35 billion industry with roughly one in three adults owning a tablet.
ProCon.org President Kamy Akhavan explained: “As more and more states, school districts, and individual schools weigh the tough decision to go digital or stick with print, we want to help educators and facilitate those decisions with our nonpartisan research.”