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Tablet technology is intuitive
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Feedback suggests that teachers and students like using tablets because they’re intuitive; children are familiar with them and are instantly engaged. Additionally there are significant benefits of using tablet technology to support different learning styles in the classroom. In one particular lesson, some students can read, some can listen to an audio recording, and some can play a game, but the learning outcome is the same.
Apps are adding further flexibility to digital learning, especially in enhancing teachers’ capability to plan lessons. Teachers can pre-select a range of activities that deliver a lesson in the form of apps. Students simply logon with their device and interact in real-time with the specified content. Student response software also aid whole-class interaction and help teachers measure the learning outcomes: pupils can answer on the touchscreen, giving every student the opportunity to feel involved and integral to the lesson.
Coupling tablet technology with the latest touch screen, large format displays, has proven to further enhance collaborative learning. Students can share their working wirelessly onto the large screen, and multiple students can interact simultaneously with the display to demonstrate workings or make annotations.
The portable nature of the tablet means it can go home in the school bag to continue the learning journey. Kate Reynolds, Dean of the School of Education at Bath Spa University, applauds this new, connected learning experience. “We’d like to see more parents and carers given access to the skills and knowledge that enable them to support children’s learning using new technology alongside traditional methods.”
Cleves takes to the Chromebook
Cleves School needed a laptop device that could be used by children aged from 4 to 11 as a tool for learning. Cleves School has been provided with easy-to-use, portable, light and fast Chromebook devices that support all areas of the curriculum. Pupils are able to work independently as well as collaborating with other pupils and their teachers in the classroom and at home.
Craig Smith, headteacher, is pleased with the outcomes. “The introduction of Chromebooks into the classroom has meant that the pupils are working on them within 20 seconds of start up. Instant access, every time,” he says.
Whether it’s connecting classroom to home, classroom to work or pupil to teacher, technology is playing an increasingly important and useful role in education. The learning journey is well underway and looks set to be engaging and exciting.
A Birmingham College uses tablets to up-skill students
Improving the learning experience of student engineers was the top priority for the newly created Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMET). The college was formed from the merger of two FE colleges and it wanted to give its student the maximum opportunity to develop their skills and increase their employability and skills levels.
By building on its superb working relationship with Samsung, the college is able to provide cutting-edge training programmes for its students. It can even mould the products’ uses to meet its growing needs and play a collaborative role in developing the latest Samsung products.
BMET says the products have been extremely well received by its students and both the college and Samsung plan to continue their partnership for many years to come.