PART 1: Why Implement A 1:1 Tablet Program At Your School?
Due to increasing developments in technology, and the ability to fit high-tech devices into their budgets, many school administrators, officials and principals have enhanced student learning opportunities through the implementation of 1:1 tablet programs. But what does this mean for schools exactly? It means that in the third grade classroom, a student may be using an iPad to study flashcards. In the fifth grade classroom, a student may be using that iPad to learn about the solar system. Even in the first grade classroom, a student may be using a tablet to practice his or her handwriting.
Today, principals, administrators and school officials have the opportunity to purchase laptops or tablets in a 1:1 tablet program so that both students and teachers are provided with a whole new level of higher-learning. 1:1 tablet programs have become a functional and accessible tool that allow for teachers and students to interact in and out of the classroom with a creative and engaging learning environment. 1:1 tablet programs allow for students and teachers to use popular tablets such as the iPad or the Samsung Galaxy in order to have strong educational interactions.
But why should your school implement a 1:1 tablet program? Here’s a few reasons we think now’s the time:
- 1:1 tablet programs embrace the idea that technology is always changing, and so are students’ brains. 1:1 tablet programs allow students to develop skills in order to become the self-motivated, creative and tactical when it comes to solving problems.
- Many colleges and universities have implemented 1:1 tablet programs. When elementary schools and high schools initiate them as well, students become better prepared for their academic futures.
- Students will gain a higher-level learning experience through a variety of curriculum avenues such as tours of museums, sitting in on lectures, listening to speakers, watching videos, experiencing new cultures, researching, solving programs, and, perhaps most importantly, collaborating with teachers and peers.
- Technology is a language that young students understand. Ask any third grader what Google, Yahoo, Skype, Apple and the iPad are, and they are sure to answer you with confidence. Today’s students grew up with this technology and it should be provided for them for learning purposes.
- Teachers were once noted to be the “sage on the stage” in order to describe their teaching methods. With a 1:1 tablet program, teachers can now serve as the “guide on the side” and help with the evolution of the student-teacher relationship.
- Schools have already embraced the growth of technology, so why not continue? Poke your head into any school and you’ll find high-tech computer labs, impressive laptop programs and state-of-the-art SMARTboard technology. All of these technologies have improved student access to information, and 1:1 tablet programs do, too.
But after implementing a school’s 1:1 tablet program, what happens? What if a student breaks the precious tablet that you lent out? What if someone spills chocolate milk on a tablet in the cafeteria? What if a students’ tablet gets lost on the bus? These are fears that every school administrator may have before implementing a 1:1 tablet program. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog, where ProtectMe Plans dives into the principal’s buyer’s guide for finding, implementing and protecting a 1:1 tablet program.
October 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Implementing this will definitely boost students’ capacities to think logically and perform well in schools. This is seriously an investment that the government should carefully look into. I mean, kids gets fascinated with the latest technology so why not use it to mold their future?
October 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm
This is a really good idea and just about time! This will definitely help kids get interested in learning and will keep them in school!
November 1, 2011 at 1:21 am
To introduce this aspect of technology to the students is the need of time.I think it will open new horizons for the students for progress.
November 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm
I know something like this would happen somehow. I think it’s a good turn for youngsters too.
November 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm
I think this is very good news for the students! learning would be so easy and high tech!
November 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm
It is about time to do that. With the innovative of technology, the teaching strategies as well must adopt to that change.
October 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Technology really makes a lot of difference to education. Now I love my IPad even more.
November 14, 2013 at 9:41 am
A simple fact is that our house has 4 iPad now, each child has their own iPad. You can tell how much influence this brings to education,