Tablets in the Classroom: Paperless Education

As tablets gain in popularity, many are beginning to see their usefulness in various areas of life. Although there are a few that are skeptical about using tablets in the school districts, there is still great potential for using them. Most of the arguments that float around the Internet are from districts whose teachers neglected to use them properly or failed to learn more about them in general. A new tool simply can’t be added to a classroom and expected to be utilized. Some kind of planning needs to be involved. Why should educators embrace the technology available today?

1. Paperless
Instead of spending money every year on actual textbooks, eBooks can be duplicated at a much lower price. No more passing out books featuring the artwork of the students of years past. An eBook developed for the particular class can be distributed to the entire student body in mere seconds. Theoretically, these books can be the student’s material to keep throughout the life of the device. Tests can be taken without the need of time-consuming scanning device as teachers make sure that everyone has a number two pencil. Digital exams and quizzes can be passed out daily. The list goes on.

2. Customization
As Android is an open operating system; anyone with programming knowledge can build an app. Even the most novice of developers can learn how to create a small whack-a-mole game in a half hour using MIT’s App Inventor. It would cost less to have the school district hire a private developer to design an app for a particular class than it would be to purchase materials of the same without the technological wrapping. If your district heads were respectable in the community, they could make a deal with colleges to have students develop apps for elementary and high school curriculum for next to nothing while providing the college student credits towards graduation.

3. eBooks-a-Plenty
Anything is available for educational materials through the use of tablets. What Google Play may not have Amazon or Barnes and Noble will. These eBooks are far cheaper than hardbound classroom books and can be obtained in a matter of minutes, if not less. Entire encyclopedias created by respectable companies are available for mobile devices. It’s not like these are developed in some kid’s basement full of half-truths and conspiracies such as other online media sites.

4. Apps for Everything
Whether you are using an Android or iOS device, there is almost an app for anything you can think of. Math helper apps that generate random quizzes can keep students practicing. Space apps delve deep into how GPS location works in regards to planets and stars when aiming your tablet at the sky. It is an ever-growing market of free and purchased apps that are insanely cheap when you figure the cost of materials that go into any given classroom.

Without a plan of usage, any tool will sit in a room and collect dust. Educators, and ruling bodies of such, need to have a plan for usage otherwise they can and will be abused. With the available apps, eBooks, and more that are available for tablets, it shouldn’t take much effort to incorporate them into everyday use. The fault isn’t with the technology, but with those who attempt to utilize it without having a course of action.

Author InfoKen Myers is the founder of & has learned over the years the importance of focusing on what the customer is looking for and literally serving it to them. He doesn’t try to create a need, instead, he tries to satisfy the existing demand for information on products and services. 

Updated: July 19, 2018 — 9:07 am

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