There will be people who lament the tradeoffs of introducing tablets and laptops or other devices to classrooms, because of the imagined or assumed loss of human interaction.
But as Google’s latest project, a Play Store for teachers and students, shows very clearly how the devices can be integrated organically — simply replacing pens and pencils and blackboards in one move. A tablet-equipped classroom is basically one where every child has a personalized screen rather than a common board. All learning materials are personalized for each tablet/child pair. Kids are no longer bound to their peers’ reading levels, for example, and the tablets eliminate feelings of inferiority in slower learners (who are simply engrossed in their own lessons).
The element of participatory learning and group interaction, let alone teacher attention, is not lost in this ‘smart’ setup. In fact, a tablet in a kid’s hands keeps her more consistently engaged than if she were waiting for the teacher to make rounds of pupils.
Why Is Smart Learning ‘New’?
We’re just flabbergasted, to tell the truth, that more of our schools are not completely wired by this point. The almost shameless profits of Apple or another big brand (or all of them!) could have helped equip schools with learning technology in proportion to the popularity and excellence of their business and lifestyle technologies.
We can’t indict Apple or any corporation for not giving back more of their fortunes to the public from which it extracted them, but, why not observe the opportunity that has been sadly missed by those organizations — so far? Even for PR, engaging in the national education situation would behoove them.
Beyond that pragmatic observation, doesn’t it strike you as ridiculous, shameful and weird that the United States of America has not implemented a notable amount of technology in classrooms that is otherwise commonplace in the consumer and entertainment spheres? Surely, the richest and most advanced nation on earth could manage to have the world’s best schools (or, at least the most wired schools).
The Round About Way
Without a powerful and concise national plan, plus budget, for installing smart technologies in public school classrooms, how will the inevitable future of learning start to happen? We think it may begin to happen as a convergence from the margins, as more schools and districts and even states begin making smart learning happen themselves.
There are a variety of ways that communities can receive the needed influx of cash to pay for smart classrooms. Think of Nevada’s noted education boon made possible by the land-based gambling industry in the state.
It could be a ‘whatever works’ moment for America, when it faces the reality that one of its best options for global competition is to invest in the younger generations’ educations now. That’s quite a bit simpler and deeper than the US’s cyclic conundrums with the trade laws and politics that also affect its competitiveness.
If it was difficult to discern just how effective a superior educational system could be to the US’s economic stability before smart learning technology existed, then those new teaching tools should make the situation starkly obvious now. Other countries are embracing technology to streamline public education, to their great advantage.
We think that just as Vegas helped a single state improve its learning standards, the growing list of free no deposit casino venues shows that there is a mounting opportunity to harness the economics of online casinos for a national education revolution.