Technology in the classroom is advancing. In an educational article about the current state of tablet integration in the classroom, Christopher Dawson speaks of the realities in cost, effectiveness, and limitations that leave the tablet in dissonance with normal routine. Tablet-based learning is an interesting concept to get students interactively involved in learning and immersed in digital technology. The potential outcome is a nice thought to imagine; a classroom linked through an application on a tablet using multimedia to solve problems and discover solutions, but the costs are tremendous. One Apple iPad costs around $399, not including the necessary professional training, the Internet bandwidth upgrades, and security systems. Many teachers also find technology to be a distraction in the class (see cell phone), and there will have to be proper actions taken so tablets do not follow the same path. In Dawson’s interview with The Mac Observer, he explains the bane of technology in K-12, a curriculum focused on “standardized test scores and proscribed curricula from publishers, states, and local decision-makers.” The bottom line is that tablets can not start a digital-learning revolution until the framework of curriculums go through evolution.
The Trouble with Tablets October 6, 2012