ICT in Primary School Education: Teaching Methods

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows" - Sydney J. Harris

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” – Sydney J. Harris

In this post, the popular topic of ‘Computer Tablets’ will be discussed, and how they can greatly benefit the way in which primary school students are educated.

It seems that children these days are becoming very fond of tablet computers, and we wouldn’t blame them. These tablets are extremely user-friendly, efficient and extremely practical in education, where students would experience a hands-on approach with the technology that is changing the way we live our lives.

PDST Technology in Education (formerly NCTE) released a publication in 2012, giving a brief summary of all the benefits included with the introduction of tablet computers in the primary classroom. This article provides the user with a very simple and straight-forward analysis based on the reasons why we should consider tablets in the primary classroom, but also the limitations involved. This article can be found here.

 

Motion J3600 Tablet

Motion J3600 Tablet

 

– Tablet Computers

The list of possibilities that arise with the implementation of tablet computers into education seem endless, and far more practical than primary students carrying heavy bags of books around.

Let’s think about how exactly these tablets can be used to integrate with the education system in primary schools. In order to get the most out of technology in the classroom, the teachers must first of all be educated on all of the features which can be accessed. Teachers should be excited and keen to utilize all of the tools which tablets have to offer, and to be creative in their use. For example:

  • Use the camera to capture works in progress at various stages in the creative process.
  • Video an experiment – these can be imported into a document.
  • On the iPad, combine with Apple TV – teachers or students can display their work, annotate it, work through step-by-step, and display to the rest of the class at the touch of a button.
  • Communicate – Apps like Socrative allow teachers to quiz their students and automatically collates their responses.
  • Research using the internet. Be sure to use a safe internet browser such as BuddyBrowser to monitor and control the content accessed.
  • There are many apps available for tablets which can greatly enhance and supplement your teaching practices.

Furthermore, apps are not just for students. Teachers can also benefit greatly from the use of computer tablets in the classroom, and make their job a lot less stressful! iDoceo is a great app which allows teachers to create and link their planner, diary and seating plans to one specific app, as well as student details and photos. Application stores are full of useful tools such as the fun Too Noisy app which provides great aid to controlling background noises in the classroom!

Bear in mind that content is not just limited to the use of specific apps. Through iBooks you can purchase digital editions of many of the primary school textbooks you may use. As a result, you don’t have to worry about the wear-and-tear or replacing of books.

#CT231 #iCollab

 

Image: iPad Generation – Stewart Attwood, (2012), iPad Generation [ONLINE]. Available at:http://www.heraldscotland.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/400xY/2012/5/17617749.JPG [Accessed 25 March 14].

 

Image: Motion J3600 Tablet – IBC, (2014), Motion J3600 Tablet [ONLINE]. Available at: http://ibcworld.net/wp-content/files_mf/1358562587j35_gg_angle_lft_pen.jpg [Accessed 25 March 14].

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