In households with more than one pupil or high school student, they solve the problem of how to ensure that they can learn and study at a distance as effectively as possible in the current situation.
In most households, they have a computer, mostly a laptop, but there is great interest in it, because it is also used as an important communication tool with remote family members and is often needed by parents who work from home. Of course, it is also possible to work in such a way that the student watches the online transmissions of his teachers on a smartphone, notes the homework assignment from the textbook, prepares it in a notebook, takes a photo and sends it to the teacher for inspection. Needless to say, what it’s like for a teacher. With full-fledged and active distance learning, it is necessary for pupils and students to be able to work with documents or interactive web applications. And for that, they need a reasonably large screen and keyboard.
An affordable solution
Not every family can afford to buy laptops for their children in the current period of economic uncertainty, even though the prices of the cheapest models start at 270 euros. For many, tablets could be the solution. Prices for models with 10-inch diagonals start at 80 euros. If you add a bluetooth keyboard for 10 euros, you can have up to three such sets for the price of one laptop. The display resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels for the cheapest models is already sufficient for relatively comfortable work with documents, websites and applications. In addition, compared to laptops with larger screens, there is another important benefit in terms of Office applications, which are free for tablets and smartphones with a diagonal of up to 10.1 “(inclusive).
For writing shorter texts, such as inserting data into forms or finishing presentations, a touch keyboard is enough, which works better on a larger tablet display than on a small smartphone display, but the already mentioned external keyboard is already used for writing longer texts. Android also supports a mouse. Even the ability to connect external devices, especially USB sticks, is better than you might think. The cheapest tablets have a micro USB connector, which is used for charging and eventual transfer of multimedia files and documents to a computer, you will not connect any classic USB accessories directly to this port. The problem is elegantly solved by a USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable for 2 euros, which serves as a reduction from micro USB to a classic USB socket to which you connect a supported USB device, not only a USB key, but also a keyboard or mouse. Despite the fact that tablets generally do not have such high-quality cameras as smartphones, taking pictures of a notebook page with homework can be done well. Even the cheapest models have sufficient processor power and memory and storage capacity for common applications and a battery life of 4 – 8 hours, so the student will be able to use them at school when the classic teaching is resumed.
Tablets in classical teaching
Analysts agree that the world will not be as we are used to after this crisis. In education, this can have a positive impact. The transition to modern interactive teaching methods would normally take years, but when students stayed at home, teachers and, consequently, competent staff in the education sector were forced to look for solutions immediately. It is almost certain that when teachers have inadvertently mastered modern teaching methods, they will continue this trend and tablets or laptops will become a necessity for students. And here another advantage of tablets comes to the fore, which is size and weight. The 10-inch tablet weighs 400 g. If you add 250 g to an external keyboard, you’re still well below the weight of expensive ultrabooks, while cheap laptops with a 14-inch display weigh 1.8 kg or more.
Thanks to the tablet, in which they have teaching software, students can react interactively, or work independently at a certain stage of the lesson. They can individually choose the level of difficulty in the tests, as well as the time to complete them. Because the teaching software also offers automatic correction, students receive immediate feedback and can respond promptly. Teaching software options are also appreciated by parents, as they do not have to enter or check practice examples and other types of homework. The teacher can communicate with the students even if they cannot attend the class due to a long-term illness.
Tablets can be used in virtually all subjects. They are popular mainly for the possibility of virtual representation of phenomena and events – whether in history, physics or chemistry. Even in human-oriented subjects, the tablets cannot be embarrassed. Pupils can have all books of compulsory reading, quality dictionaries and interactive exercises for teaching foreign languages with the possibility of voice output and the like. Digital versions of Slovak textbooks can be uploaded to tablets, which can be downloaded from the relevant portals.
By using modern technologies, teachers and students gain several important benefits:
• Motivation – Technologies are a natural part of children’s lives, making it easier to overcome the barrier of reluctance to learn or perceive new facts. The important role of the teacher to explain the curriculum to children clearly remains, but if he can use modern technologies, they can significantly help him to get children for new subjects and curriculum that might not otherwise appeal to them.
• Individualization – modern technologies allow students to express their individual abilities, ie to try to excel. Each student has their own task, works at their own pace on their device and at the same time the teacher communicates with him online or in person during the elaboration of the task.
• Objectivity – if the teacher uses the opportunity to take tests and test students through programs, it eliminates any subjective factors that cannot be completely ruled out in human evaluation. Credibility also plays a role here, as the teacher can very quickly verify whether the work the student has actually submitted is his own creation or has been inspired by many Internet “pulls”. Just enter a sentence into the search engine and the result will be known almost immediately.
• Feedback – Immediate evaluation of students’ work, storage of results and their analysis will enable the teacher to further improve the teaching process.
• Saving teacher time – Easier preparation of materials, direct participation of children in the preparation of notes with the possibility of individual access, correction of online tasks, an overview of what children are working on tablets, will allow the teacher to devote more time to other important things.
A tablet with an external keyboard is much more affordable than a laptop. Parents will appreciate the children’s increased interest in learning when using tablets, although some may be concerned about the amount of time children spend with this technical aid. However, everyone agrees that learning is more fun, easier for children and thanks to tablets they are in better contact with classmates and teachers. Psychologists also point out another advantage of tablets. If students have laptops on the desks, there is a visual barrier between them and the teacher. The tablet placed on the bench acts as a thin notebook and does not interfere with communication.
TCL TAB 10s
TCL TAB 10s is a tablet with Android, which will be appreciated by students and students alike. The main advantages are a high-quality 10.1-inch IPS display with full HD resolution and excellent battery life with a capacity of 8000 mAh. The tablet is ideal not only for learning, but also for watching videos or playing games. Rear and front cameras are available for teaching from home. The supplied stylus makes it easy to control or take notes. The internal storage with a capacity of 32 GB can be expanded with a microSD memory card up to 256 GB.
Price: 189 EUR s DPH
Acer ENDURO Urban T1
The durable, waterproof and at the same time stylish and light tablet has reinforced corners, able to absorb shocks, so it can withstand not only the pitfalls of daily use, but also an adventurous holiday. The touch screen with a diagonal of 10 inches and a resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels is protected by durable antibacterial glass Gorilla Glass. The brightness of 450 rivets ensures that the display is readable even in direct sunlight. The MediaTek MT8167A processor has 2 GB of RAM available. You can expand the 32 GB storage space with a memory card.
Price: 232 EUR
iPad 10.2 32 GB WiFi gold 2020
The stylish tablet from Apple with the iPadOS operating system has a powerful Apple A12 Bionic processor, 32 GB of storage space and a quality Retina display with a diagonal of 10.2 “and a resolution of 2160 × 1620 pixels. The main camera offers a resolution of 8 Mpx and the front selfie camera 1.2 Mpx In addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the tablet also has GPS, a motion sensor and a gyroscope, a traditional Apple Lightning connector for charging or data transfer, and the manufacturer has not forgotten about the headphone connector.
Price: 379 EUR
Source: Nextech by www.nextech.sk.
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