Mar 21 2016
Integrating technology with education is just one of the many ways of benchmarking the level of advancement the education sector has reached. Nevertheless, it remains to be an important indicator. Suffice it is to say, technology has helped the sector do things that used to be impossible.
The internet and manifolds of digitised information served to bridge the gap between many far-off places, countries or students. Now, more forms of education are fitted to suit the technological platforms – the MOOCs and educational apps.
Apparently, these “platformed education” is made available in students’ hands – thanks to Tablets Devices.
In material and functional terms, Tablets Devices are a cross between those bulky but multitasking PCs and those geeky but powerful handheld gadgets. In the subsequent years, its hardware and software components have undergone various brush-ups. Furthermore, it became increasingly affordable for wider market niches, which empowered the information and technological capabilities of today’s learners.
The evolution didn’t solely work for the tablet device; the same progression happens to occur for platforms like the social media and applications, or apps. The capability to bring together various people from across the globe of the social media networks has paved the way to bringing a definitive kind of groups – this time, they were learners and educators.
These groups, backed by what is called MOOCs (stands for Massive Online Open Courses), started their learning gig via the Internet and the available mediums (the PC and/or laptops). The increasing fame of various Tablets Devices, be it iOS or Android-backed, to students has made the forward step natural.
The MOOCs was eventually overhauled to take centre stage in the tablet. Apart from MOOCs, educational applications which used to be available for the PC- and Smartphone-users, became accessible to Tablet-users.
All the hard work spent in overhauling the “platformed education” into Tablets Devices were intended for one primary purpose – to further education and make it accessible. Interestingly, this purpose wasn’t met by simply raising the accessibility of education; the meeting of its main purpose manifested across differing angles, such that these benefits surfaced:
- Students are empowered to learn anywhere – provided that they’re within Wi-Fi zones.
- Educators can monitor their students’ progress in real time.
- Students can “design” their learning through various available educational apps.
- Educators can detect errors via forums and could use forums to correct not just one student but the rest of the student populace.
- Students can integrate apps and their MOOC subjects with their schedules and synch it with their digitised calendars and alarms.
- Educators can bring into the picture invaluable learning tools – videos, readings and even quizzes – as well as, evaluation tools for feedback.
- Students can vary learning mediums (from apps to MOOCs, vice versa) as they choose to fit it with their needs and time.
The user-friendly design of the Tablets Devices should be accounted for its increasing relevance inside and outside the classroom. And with the continuing evolution of Tablets Devices, students and educators have good reason to stay tuned.