Over the last few years, laptops and handheld mobile devices have become affordable and provide users with 24/7 access to ideas, resources, people and communities. Individuals may use different devices depending on their needs and affordability. The devices fall into four basic categories and all represent personally owned devices that may show up in classrooms for school use:
- Laptop computers are portable computers that can be used with or without the Internet
- Netbook are portable computers that gain most of their functionality through the Internet
- Tablet computers fall along a continuum from laptop-like to large size smartphones(e.g., iPad, Android tablet, etc.)
- E-book readers (e.g., Kindle, Kobo)
Classroom Devices in Action
Combined with the right pedagogy and used responsibly, technologies in learning can serve as:
- The means for students to pursue lines of inquiry and interesting the academic disciplines and beyond.
- The opportunity for learners to collaborate with teachers and peers and to express themselves and their ideas most effectively.
- A vehicle for personalizing learning in ways that ensure each student is fully engaged in learning and is successful in attaining established learning standards.
- Opportunities for student choice in the use of multimedia to explore, research, think, synthesize, analyze, evaluate, communicate and express ideas in high quality products.
- Access to digital content and digital learning environments that provide multiple pathways to learning.
- Connections locally and globally that add authenticity to school work. This enables students to learn while pursuing real-world issues and topics of deep interest to them, both individually and collectively, within their communities of interest and beyond.
- Platforms from which to learn about and attain high standards in digital citizenship.
- Opportunities for students to construct ideas, opinions, arguments and evidence-based reasoning collaboratively.
Personally Owned Devices will not only help the children to resource when they are in school campus, this devices can be used at homes for learning purpose.
The opportunities listed above have significant pedagogical, curricular, technological and policy implications. Incorporating personally owned devices into the learning will require a paradigm shift on behalf of all involved – educators, students, parents and community. This is not a trivial endeavour and one that will take time.
Recommended Tablet Specifications for Students:
- Tablet screen size should be minimum 10”
- No “SIM” card/ No voice call facility only “wi-fi” connectivity
- No removable storage
- Android/ iOS operating systems
- Tablet with protective cover
For the Parents information:
- Kindly send tablets only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or as per the instruction of the class teacher
- Kindly check the tablet for browsing history and games, if games are installed kindly delete it
- Kindly see that no SIM card is installed with data connection
- Kindly send the tablet fully charged, do not send charging accessories