When you see a two-year old kid effortlessly using an iPad, you may think that is exceptional. But just dig around a little more and you realize he is joined by a whole new generation of kids. Parents across the world have shared anecdotes about their young ones (and yes, I mean as young as 1.5 years old) taking more and more easily to technology and being extremely comfortable with devices like the iPhone and iPad. Some of them might just actually own them!
This tells us something really important that technology is going to play an ever-increasing role in education, and the tablet is certainly emerging as a very important tool in this transformation.
As reported in NY Times, schools in the US have actually adopted the iPad starting this year. New York City public schools ordered more than 2,000 iPads, and some 200 Chicago public schools applied for grants to purchase them. Schools in California and Virginia have completely swapped traditional textbooks in certain classes for iPads.
Now with the launch of “Akash”, the cheapest tablet priced at $35 and aimed at students, not only has India managed to reinforce the growing popularity of the device but has also bridged the digital divide, thus bringing technology to the masses.
Does that mean that textbooks and traditional teaching methodology will soon be passé? Well, still early days to come to a conclusion for now, but there is no denying that computing devices were conceptualized also for education. And with tablets taking personal computing to the next level, they might just be the future.