Are Tablets the Future of Education?

Technology is playing a larger and larger part in the world of education, and this hardly comes as any kind of surprise.

Recent advancements have seen stunning innovations in consumer technology becoming available at more and more affordable price points. Just this year, Google introduced its Nexus 7 tablet computer.

Boasting a 16 gigabyte hard drive and technical specifications that rival the dominant species in the tablet community, Apple’s iPad, the Nexus features a 7-inch display and a gigabyte of RAM.

While these specifications might not be as impressive or as advanced as those of the 3rd generation iPad released earlier in 2012, the Nexus 7 comes at a staggeringly affordable $250 price point.

Considering the needs of the average consumer, this tablet comes at an almost unprecedentedly cheap launch price, and clearly indicates that technology is only getting more and more affordable.

The federal government have noticed this, too, and seem to have done so at the same time as the publishing and technology industries. In fact, these three groups have gotten together to try and push forward a technological revolution in the nation’s public schools.

While many private schools throughout the nation have taken to offering everything from MacBooks to HP notebooks to iPads to their student on an educational basis, the public sector has yet to adopt a widespread use of these relatively new technologies.

Powerhouses of the electronics industry like Intel and Apple have been meeting with publishing giants like McGraw-Hill, the Federal Communication Commission’s Julius Genachowski, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

This cadre of industry and government titans is brainstorming ways to further push these gadgets into classrooms so that educators can be making the most out of the advanced capabilities of some of the latest technologies. iPads, and other tablet computers, boast a level of interactivity and interface that are lacking from the common textbook.

Which is to neglect the fact that textbooks are absolutely not sustainable. They’re often out of date, incredibly costly (to both schools and students), and take up a good deal of digital space.

By digitizing textbooks and class materials, schools will be able to resolve all of these problems in an incredibly cost-effective way, while also providing children with educational tools that have adapted to their current preferences.

Students spend more and more time plugging in, so it only makes sense to adapt with the changing times and present them with educational tools that will truly engage them.

In fact, one of the larger publishers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has even gone so far as to scientifically test whether or not this idea holds water. It was shown, in fact, that students who used tablets and digitized versions of an algebra book scored a whole twenty percent higher on exams.

Perhaps it’s time to recognize that tablets truly are the future of education. Whether your child grows up to get his masters degree in urban planning or winds up with her doctorate in nuclear physics — the next few generations just might wind up experiencing the best of their education thanks to the magic of the tablet computer.

Evan Fischer
Evan Fischer is a freelance writer and part-time student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. He enjoys writing about the latest tech news for a variety of companies and discovering new and innovative gadgets.
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