Android Applications & Tablets For Education
Using Tablets In The Classroom
If you thought Tablets were expensive toys out
of the reach of educational institutions, think again. Compared to desktop computers and laptops, tablets are
easier to maintain and less expensive. Full-featured tablets are available for less than $100 ( 5000 INR) and can
handle most of the common tasks we use desktops and laptops for. Right from browsing webpages to creating documents
to watching videos to accessing interactive applications, everything can be done right on the 10 inch device.
Rather than carry bulk books around, students can access hundreds of interactive books on the same
Tablets take mobile learning to a new level. You are no longer
restricted to text only formats or small screens. The main advantage of the tablets is of course the
portability. Instead of taking your students to the computer lab, you can take the technology to your
classroom. This gives you the freedom to incorporate multimedia presentations into your existing lesson plan
rather than creating a separate exercise for students to complete at home or in the computer
Here are some tips for using tablets
effectively in the classroom:
1. Download applications after carefully evaluating whether they are suitable
for the group of children or students you are working with.
2. Ensure using the tablet adds real value to
the teaching-learning process and fits in with the curriculum of the class.
3. Use the application yourself to get first
hand experience of what the children will need to do to complete tasks.
4. Divide the children into groups and work
with one group at a time, if you have just one tablet per class. Plan activities for the other groups that are
related to what you want to do using the tablet. Let the groups take turns to work with the
5. When using with preschool classes, teach the
children how to handle the tablet and how to take turns without getting into fights.
6. Think of follow up activities that you can
do in class keeping in mind the concepts that are focused on the applications.
At an advanced level, you can consider creating
your own applications to suit your requirements. If you have an Android tablet, check out App Inventor
(http://appinventor.mit.edu) for a quick and easy way to create your own apps.
With the government launching the Akash tablet for $75 and giving at a subsidised rate for students, it will be easier for students to get access to the same technology outside the classroom too.
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