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Facing the Tablet Generation

Facing the Tablet Generation

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Published by Dr Dheeraj Mehrotra
Tablets in classrooms...another mobile mania of learning?
Tablets in classrooms...another mobile mania of learning?

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Facing the TABLET generation !
Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra*
(National Awardee) 
Tablets: I-
Pads…..with no monitoring
are the in thing today.
"Teachers are no longer the fountain of knowledge; the internet is. The hunt ofknowledge, information, identification and above all validation has been the choice ofmasses world over. What is mounting of interest towards negativity is the veryassembly of the traits for the students today who are guarded of their own intelligencethrough this time machine of information giving a blow to their abilities, and the say ofthe teachers.
The parents say “Learning by Heart is useless for Google Generation”.
 The researchers quote that the brains of today's youngsters work differently to theirparents', and that multi tasking with digital devices, such as using the internet whilelistening to their MP3 players, can help them to develop critical thinking skills. Over andall, kudos to leaders like Akhilesh Yadav who in his very first cabinet meetingannounced to provide 2.5 lac tablets free to all students passing grade Xth exam thisyear. Developments like these clearly indicate 2012 to be a turning point in educationindustry where we will observe delivering education to the masses.The current generation of kindergartners to 12th graders those born from 1991 to 2004has no memory of a time before Google, says Sara Scribner, a researcher. But althoughthese students are far more tech savvy than their parents and are perpetuallyconnected to the Internet, they know a lot less than they think. In a time wheninformation literacy is increasingly crucial to life and work, not teaching kids how tosearch for information is like sending them out into the world without knowing how toread. The teachers need to dwell to this scenario with pace and tactfulness in order tobe of time and standards towards 21
st
century learning environments. We needprofessionals to advocate for teaching information literacy from an early age. As thestudents are made to learn through plugging is the way to listen the song. Much of thetime they opt for Google, which is like being tossed into the ocean without a paddle. Aninfo-literate student can find the right bit of information amid the sea of irrelevance and
 
misinformation but this is not common all the time. Above all, closing libraries for theGoogle generation, which in any case is happening now in our country, a big way, couldbe disastrous. In a time when information literacy is increasingly crucial to life and work,not teaching kids how to search for information is like sending them out into the worldwithout knowing how to read.The truth of the matter is that, Students are closer to the Technology than we are,especially the Hand Held Devices or the Ubiquitous resources as their comprehensionof these resources is exponentially, which you will discover only as you get close tothem. It is possible that by the year 2020, no student would have to go to school orcollege. The entire curriculum might be available on the cloud, which students might beable to access from the comfort of their home or even the playground. We expectbroadband connectivity to become widely available by 2020. Earlier we had beenthinking that a vast digital library of all the lectures will get developed, but now library isthe not the point. Just about every bit of knowledge that we have developed couldbecome available in the cloud.However, every country of the world has to deliberately formulate their e-policy andredesign their Curriculum to incorporate the use of Technology. The format ofpresentation has to be redesigned as the whole thing gears towards the new paradigmshift. Yes, the Students have to learn the Technology, so that they can learn through theTechnology and learn with the Technology.
GG
the Google Generation is bound to betray the YOUTH of today. As out ofconclusion, for today's youngsters, tedious rote learning is pointless because such basicfacts are only a mouse click away via Google, Wikipedia and online libraries, a betterapproach would be to teach children to think creatively so they could learn to interpretand apply the knowledge available online.The demand for tablets in schools over the months has been on the cards. With the factthat the Tablets offer enhanced ebooks feature with images, video and audio, thelearning is faster and innovative. It is a wonderful replacement for the existing bookswith the fact that it allows the students to highlight text, take notes in the margin andaccess a dictionary directly within the book itself but the fact lies that how far they take itseriously. My doubt about the probability of their minimized windows of FB and CHATbuttons with their mates globally. It is just not possible for the teachers to have a checkon the online reputation and updates of the children in parallel.The researchers say that because they have become so accustomed to using electronicdevices, the students are increasingly expecting to use them in classrooms. Accordingto anew Nielsen survey,35% of tablet owners said they used their desktop computers
 
less often or not at all now, and 32% of laptop users said the same. Most tellingly, morethan 75% of tablet owners said they used their tablet for tasks they once used their
desktop or laptop for. While tablets can’t totally match laptops in terms of functionally
 
(yet), they can get today’s students most of t
he way there. Also above all, In a nationalsurvey, teachers say they believe that using digital games in the classroom helpsstudents maintain concentration and enthusiasm for learning, while making it easier forteachers to differentiate instruction and assess students.The survey of 505 teachers who use digital games in their K-8 classrooms aims toidentify what teachers think about game-based learning and how digital games affectstudents beyond academic achievement. It offers a mix of qualitative interviews withquantitative data to offer a more rounded picture of teacher opinions.If your kids are like mine, they are already comfortable using Google Apps in theelementary, middle, high school and college levels, just as they have becomeaccustomed to doing Google searches for their homework assignments. Where is the
learning here. The teacher’s role is that of a facilitator or just a computer operator in the
classroom but of any information giver. The touch of the key makes them perfect ofknowledge and the desired degree, where is the role of the teachers reflect here. Aboveall, as Facilitators, we must be upto date in our padagogical approaches. But mostimportantly, we must move towards Andragogy, enabling the students to assumeresponsibility for their learning.Over the months, the cloud computing has empowered the quality learning scenario.They have become ever more popular with colleges and universities, which are lookingto deliver synchronized experiences that are device agnostic. Above all, the Tabletsalign well with this trend, given their portability and options for constant connectivity.With tablets and cloud-based systems, students can work anywhere on campus andmake sure that their work is saved in a central location and accessible from all of their
devices. They also don’t have to pay for computing power that they no longer need. The
Indian scenario to this applicability is yet to come across in mass but the time expectedis a couple of months when we already start hearing about the implementations.Another astounding success reason for Tablets as a priority for learning tool is theLower price points which has made tablets even more appealing to colleges anduniversities. What is now required is a frame of mind to be Digital and open to change.Whether we like it or not, tablets are finding their way into education. Some think they
are “expensive toys” or “books that glow”. However, the reality is that teachers and,
most importantly, students are increasingly finding them to be an useful addition toteaching and learning. As also, it quotes anytime, anywhere learning with an updateoption for loading educational APPS.It is ever so easy to get mired in unhelpful dichotomies: we must use tablets or no
tablets at all. In my view, it’s not a question
of either/or but rather as well as. Surely ifteachers and students are comfortable using this technology, why not let them develop
good practice in which tablets are used… as well as… other, more traditional methods?
 

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