Gradually, many schools are taking on board wireless technology. This may change the way students interact in the classroom and with each other.
- Portability: Instead of the traditional rows of students facing a whiteboard, wireless devices encourages the classroom to be more group orientated, with clusters of students carrying out work and research in small teams
- Less paper: These devices can easily hold a complete set of e-Textbooks. This will cut down on storage, having tatty dog eared books to use and perhaps less printing
- More convenient: Textbooks are heavy to carry, thus tablets will lighten the burden
- Multi-purpose: A tablet machine can hold many useful applications, including e-reader, calculator, organiser and so on.
- Multi-media: Creative applications include painting apps, video editing apps and so on. Thus offering a chance for classes to make exciting new ways of learning
- Electronic marking and submission: Many schools now use electronic marking. So why not complete the whole workflow by having students submit their work wirelessly as well.
That is the theory. But how does it work out in practice? Well, have a look at this pdf article about how Broadclyst primary school has been using wireless technology including tablets.