There are many benefits to introducing mobile devices into the classroom, here are just a few to consider.
The first, and possibly the most important benefit of introducing technology into the classroom from an early age is that you are preparing your students for the future. As an educator, this is nothing new, however working with mobile devices will not only be a part of their everyday lives as adults, but also in the workplace and will also potentially be vital to many different career paths. During BETT show in January, Robert Halfon MP said that “more than 10 million people in this country lack the basic digital skills required by modern jobs.” Introducing technology into the classroom is also teaching students from an earlier age to think critically about technologies use in their lives more broadly, stepping away from just playing games and staying connected with friends.
Secondly, use of digital devices in the classroom provides students with the most up-to-date information available. Having textbooks on mobile devices also means that there is easier access to their materials, no one carrying big books from one classroom to the next and they are much cheaper when purchased digitally. Having mobile devices also allows students instant access to the latest news, information, statistics and discoveries. Every question they have is at their fingertips and having mobile technology keeps them connected to the world around them.
Students who have difficulty controlling writing utensils and students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia may find technology in the classroom facilitates their needs. Instead of these children being singled out, having a technology filled classroom with all students will help foster a more inclusive classroom. Different students have different needs, different systems for learning and retaining information and introducing technology is another way to facilitate this.
Finally, with mobile technology facilitating education, you can also take learning outside of the classroom. Students will not only have access to information in class, but class can be taken outside to be enjoyed. Different rooms can be used, rather than being in stasis at one computer terminal. With mobile technology, students can also easily study at anytime, anywhere and have instant access to all of their materials and notes.
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