Around the world technology is increasingly making an impact on education; transforming teaching and learning in schools. Yet, a great number of teachers and students are disconnected from this technology – particularly those in developing countries and rural communities. This educational digital divide is increasing in size, as these communities are seen to lack the expenses, network infrastructure and reliable power for technology to operate. We will be discussing more about the potential of transforming education with tablet technology.
While in developed countries, classroom teaching involves more and more digital practices such as tablets, laptops, videos and other digital methods. In developing countries, the biggest problem is a lack of access to these digital resources. However as new technology emerges, such as low cost tablets, digital education is beginning to spark a discussion in these nations.
In recent years, tablets have been used increasingly around the world in educational settings. While they are spanning across all corners of the world, there have been mixed reviews of their implementation, bringing attention to both the benefits and challenges of using tablets in education. We believe that as new technology emerges, there is the opportunity to introduce digital education to these disadvantaged communities as long as it is designed and established appropriately.
Bringing tablets to rural communities and developing countries has demonstrated that there are significant benefits for these teachers and students:
Improving the Success Rate of Students
While tablet education can offer a range of benefits for students and teachers, they are not without their challenges:
Not used appropriately
While understanding that there are challenges to implementing tablet education, the benefits of these programs are also encouraging. When tablet education programs are designed and implemented appropriately for each community, the advantages can be considerable. We believe that with the right tools, we can transform education with tablet technology so that disadvantaged communities and those in rural environments can reap the benefits of new education tools and platforms.