Comments
Why Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards In Classrooms
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
haresh141
50%
50%
haresh141,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/18/2014 | 3:17:13 AM
Why Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards In Classrooms
I agree with you tablet Kill Smart Boards In Classrooms. nowdays most schools and colleges use Tablets in classroom. that hlep for coding, creativity and the importance of teachers. Students can easily connect to the classroom Wi-Fi network, while the teacher stays in control, using his own mobile device to freely move around the classroom and coordinate student activities (without requiring extra hardware or third party applications). I have one site that provide tablet classroom management software..

Radix Smartclass Solutions provides end to end Teaching and management solution for educational institutions. Radix provides best services in the area of M- Learning or device based learning. 
Orange juice
50%
50%
Orange juice,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/1/2014 | 12:24:35 PM
Tablets killing smart boards?
As an experienced and tech savy teacher (6 years elementary 1 middle school) I am writing to appreciate the attention given to the need for optimum performing technology in classrooms, college lecture halls, or business conference rooms. At the same time I want to do away with the misconception that a tablet can replace a smart board. "Smart classrooms" of fortunate teachers like myself depend on the dynamic interaction and presentation of media provided by smart boards coupled with the indispensable versatility of a tablet (with a keyboard) or even better a compact laptop. Just to illustrate, my middle school classroom goes "smart" on a daily basis using the online available TCI social studies curriculum in both lecture, small group, and independent learning formats. Going "smart" in the classroom is addictive because it is fast paced, instantly gratifying, question driven, and interactive. Everyone in the classroom is empowered, yet I fundamentally lead the way with my Mac book air/iPad connected to my Smart Board. Rather than making inappropriate comparisons, I agree attention should be given to reducing costs of technology and solving bandwidth problems for streaming, or proper software improvements to wirelessly and safely link laptops/tablets/smart boards when needed. Thank you for reading.
rlandsman968
50%
50%
rlandsman968,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/15/2013 | 8:36:17 PM
re: Why Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards In Classrooms
Keith, I fully agree with you that the tablet should and will become the primary technology tool for accessing and delivering information in the classroom...and beyond. Our distance learning model based on critical thinking (RIP~ing Across the Miles) would gain immensely by adoption of the tablet throughout the K-12 arena as this technology adds magnitudes to the ability to collect and share data between between, within, and from and to outside the classroom. The mobility of the tablet makes scientific inquiry-based (scientific & engineering practices-based; thematics-based) learning content all inclusive and accessible to all. However, as you mentioned, until the apps for quantitative data analysis and data presentation are refined, the tablet will not realize its fullest potential for classroom use as the "traditional" computer will still be necessary.
Jonathan_Camhi
50%
50%
Jonathan_Camhi,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/10/2013 | 7:13:25 PM
re: Why Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards In Classrooms
As someone who graduated just as the iPad was beginning to pick up I'm really jealous of the learning experiences that students just a few years from now are going to be having with their tablets.
Andrew Hornback
50%
50%
Andrew Hornback,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/10/2013 | 3:08:00 AM
re: Why Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards In Classrooms
Keith - as a technology professional that's spent a good deal of time in the classroom as well as working with educators (albeit, a little earlier in the progression - they're middle/high school instructors, not college-level), one of the biggest things that I've seen is that the technology provided in the past was tough to work with because it was "foreign" to the users. Teachers would get smartboards, get about 30 minutes of training (including the "this is how you turn it on") and left to go at it.

Given the consumerization of technology, tablets are accessible to everyone (or at least that's the goal) - so, it's a technology that people are familiar with, and more importantly, instructors are comfortable with. In order to achieve ROI in a classroom enviroment, the technology needs to 1) not impede the learning process and 2) provide access and learning materials in a way that is useful to the student.

When it comes to building infrastructures that handle providing access to tablets - how does that really differ from providing access to PCs? What are the challenges that need to be overcome? At the base level, data is data, packets are packets, no matter if the end device is a supercomputer, a netbook, a tablet or a WiFi enabled phone device. Video distribution and caching devices are available in situations where a network segment can be overloaded with streaming, etc. The key is to really bring the content closer to the end user as opposed to having to continually drag it over the WAN and tax the expensive pipe - X Mbps of WAN vs. X Mbps of LAN still has a pretty good price differential.

I think the big issue that you bring up that needs to be addressed is the proper (i.e. compliant) handling and storage of information/files. Integrating that storage with a classroom or learning managment system (I tend to recall Northeast State, just down the road from your location used Blackboard when I was a student there), but integrating the storage with the student's other information/work and keeping it secure is quite possibly the solution that you're looking for there. Once you move that from an on-premise solution into a cloud solution (especially in the arena of distance learning), things start to get more "interesting".

Something else to consider, and this may put it all in better perspective - students generally don't need heavy duty computing power in their hands to learn (unless they're doing serious computer science, data analysis for the sciences, accounting) - these days, the big thing seems to be content distribution. For a purely technological perspective, the metaphor is that we're going back to the days of the "green screens" where computing power is centralized and the end user just gets a display of the data that they need. Everything old is new again...

Andrew Hornback
InformationWeek Contributor


Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Dec. 9, 2014
Apps will make or break the tablet as a work device, but don't shortchange critical factors related to hardware, security, peripherals, and integration.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.