Classroom Tool: Tablets
Tablets bring a new experience to the classroom. Since their inception only a few years ago, I’ve seen them transform education! I’m not the most tech-savvy person, but as an embracer of change I knew I needed to get on the bus or I’d be left behind.
Remember: technology isn’t technology if it’s always been around. A light bulb isn’t technology—but to my great grandparents it was. Tablets are technology to you and me because we didn’t always have them, but they aren’t to Generation Z because they don’t know life without them.
Turn on the light bulb and get on board! Here are my rules for using tablets in the classroom:
- Don’t stress yourself out. You won’t know how to use every function or app—and that’s OK!
- Validate your students by thanking them if they show you something you didn’t already know. Allow them to teach you.
- Take a free class at Apple or go on YouTube to watch tutorials. If you don’t know how to tie your shoelaces, you’d better learn. The same goes for tablets.
- Your students should have “charging homework” every night. Be sure they come to class with full batteries on their tablets.
- Be patient with older students who will be out of their comfort zones. You can’t cater your class to the majority. It’s your job to teach to every person—and some require more patience than others.
- Have your students capture important moments on video. Perhaps it’s a live demonstration or an important part of a lecture. Allow your class to take pictures and video.
- Encourage your students to share daily life at school on their social media posts. Create a hashtag specific to your class or a subject you’re teaching.
- Have students check your facts or find videos and pictures relevant to your class topic using simple internet searches.
- Take advantage of apps for surveys and teaching tools.
- Transition handouts to documents made available on their tablets. You can easily share PDF’s for them to store.
Never underestimate the power of an educator!