Since the time when the first iPad was released, schools around the world have been implementing it on different scales. While it does speak in favor of this particular device, it also proves that technology has now become a major teaching and learning instrument, and neglecting to use it is no longer an option.
As the studies show, 65% of American teachers believe that students are more productive now due to the use of electronic devices in the learning process. Even more of them are ready and willing to keep going (i.e. implementing the technology) in order to achieve better results.
What’s there in store?
Along with multiple devices available, there are also apps and programs to help teachers in the classroom. Recently, Apple has launched an app for Algebra 1 that combined regular textbook material with interactive learning opportunities. Algebra 2 and Geometry are expected soon. Need apps for kids, rather than high-school and college students? No problem. CallQ (just one of hundreds) is an excellent tool to teach your child Math. In general, the website iPad for Schools offers tens of relevant apps for learning.
How has the role of a teacher been changed?
With the new technology being implemented ubiquitously, a teacher is no longer a single source of information, but rather a facilitator of the learning process. It is his job to choose the means to employ in teaching and make sure they are used efficiently. A teacher now does not have to be a walking encyclopedia, but rather a knowing assistant ready to provide guidance and support. Besides, a moral education component is still there and not likely to be replaced with any technological means.
How to implement technology in class?
While the process is hardly stoppable now, not everywhere it goes as smoothly as we would like it to go. Implementing technology in the classroom should be carefully planned and organized. Planning is the first and foremost requirement, which is not followed to the full extent, unfortunately. Besides, using tech means does not come naturally to all teachers and some of them need help. Luckily, this help is available online. Various seminars and workgroups are held on regular basis and deal with different aspects of technologically improved education, not to mention different guides and manuals. All you actually need to master is desire – the rest is technicalities.