Educational Technology

If schools are to incorporate new forms of technology in the classrooms, it's not simply just a simple replacement of outdated technology. For instance, if a teacher wanted to switch from reading a physical book to a digital book using a tablet computer, he would need to first teach students how to download the digital book online as well as how to use the application needed to open and read the book. It's not safe to assume that just because students know how to use a form of technology means they can use it for the same purpose as what the teacher expects. These are just some of the requisite skills teachers need to consider before they can even begin to use new technology effectively with students. Here are some excellent websites that can help teachers with building the necessary requisite technological skills.

 

Today, it might not be very suprising to see people using smartphones, tablets, and laptops on a daily basis. People use these devices for almost everything they do now including free time, communication, work, commerce, and so on.  So it shouldn't be surpring to hear that it's also being used for education. But did you ever ask yourself, how did we come to this and where is it going to take us?

The Role of Technology in Education 

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Source: 2016 General Society Survey (Canadians at Work and Home)

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According to a survey conducted in Canada, 2016 on which devices people owned, it's the smartphone that reigns supreme. However, when did the very first smartphone come out? Technically, the IBM Simon claimed that title in 1994 (Wikepedia). However, if anyone saw that device today, they'd probably have no idea what it is and toss it out without even thinking.

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The IBM Simon 1994 - The world's first smartphone.

It's arguable that the very first true smartphone--meaning it could actually perform the same functions of multiple devices in a single package was the iPhone in 2007. Here is a YouTube clip of Steve Jobs making his historical announcement:

The First Smartphone

The First Real Smartphone

What Can Computers Do?

Steve Jobs Introducing The iPhone At MacWorld 2007

  • connect to the internet
  • access websites
  • run applications
  • perform email and messenging functions
  • take photos and record audio/video
  • play games, music, and videos
  • download and upload files and applications

 

What Can Tablets Do?

  • everything a computer can do plus:
  • is smaller, lighter, and can be carried around anywhere
  • has a touch screen display

 

Go to Desktops/Laptops

What Can Smartphones Do?

  • everything a tablet can do plus:
  • make and receive phone calls
  • can use the internet anywhere where there is a cellular network connection
  • is even smaller and lighter

 

Go to Tablets
Go to Smartphones

As you can see, mobile technologies can really do a lot of useful things which is why it fits so well into education. With computer technology, students are able to have access to virtually limitless knowledge and information. They can perform the same functions as multiple devices although sometimes maybe not as well. However, as these mobile devices continue to improve, many of their shortcomings are quickly disappearing and what you are left with is just an extremely powerful all-in-one device.

 

Check out my Apps page to read about some useful apps I highly recommended for teachers.

Why Should Schools Be Embracing Mobile Technology?

Important Considerations