Tablets and disruptive innovation

The Christensen Institute

Tablets are great for watching videos, reading books and articles, taking pictures, or playing interactive educational games, but they falter when it comes to typing up essays or preparing other documents. And although there is a growing push for schools to go paperless, neither a tablet nor Chromebook is a perfect replacement for old-fashioned paper notebooks. This means that it needs a faster processor and more storage than a pure tablet.

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

Neo LMS

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion. In many cases, companies are developing accessibility features to be built into devices to promote access for all. Read more: How to create accessible e-learning design.

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Students can access learning materials outside of school. One of the most straightforward ways that technology contributes to equity in schools is ensuring that every student has access to learning materials, even outside of the classroom. Ensuring internet access outside of school.

The @ASCD Arias Series-Teaching With Tablets

The Web20Classroom

Today we take a look at Teaching With Tablets. It seems like more and more classrooms, schools and districts are embracing and utilizing tablets for learning. Tablets are full of possibilities. The ASCD Arias Teaching With Tablets should be required reading for anyone who is considering buying tablets for the classroom or for anyone trying to figure out how to use them. Just because we have the access, doesn''t mean we always have to use it.

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

The Web20Classroom

For others we need to differentiate and make the content more accessible to accommodate for a disability. As classrooms and digital spaces become more ubiquitous educators must understand how the content they create and put in these online spaces must be made accessible for all.

LIVE: Windows Surface Tablets Provide a Great Alternative to Desktop Computing | @Microsoft_EDU

TeacherCast

This year at ISTE I had the privilege of sitting down with members of the Microsoft Surface team to learn why the new Surface 3 is the best Laptop/Tablet solution on the market. The Surface tablet lies somewhere in-between your iPad and your Laptop. Learn about the Surface 3 Tablet.

4 Ways to Leverage Tablets Beyond the Classroom

Tom Murray

With the explosion of digital learning over the past decade, school districts are starting to tackle access and connectivity issues, as well as providing anytime, anywhere learning experiences for kids. Routers on school buses to bring wifi to the poorest parts of the community.

How to Transform Teaching with Tablets – From Tom Daccord & Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher

Over the past century, radio, television, video cassette recorders, desktop computers, laptop computers, handheld devices, tablets, and cell phones have all been heralded as potentially transformative classroom tools (Cuban, 1986, 2003). Over the past four years, we at EdTechTeacher have seen an incredible surge in another type of technology in schools: the tablet computer. To make the most of the investment in tablet computers, school leaders need to do three things.

Tablets and the Classroom

Saving Socrates

Over the past few years, Ipads and other tablets have been advertised as great educational tools in the classroom. Their user friendly nature, easy accessibility, and cost seems to make them obvious choices for the classroom environment. This is why: 1) most tablets do not come with a standard computer size keyboard. Most keyboards that work with tablets are in fact much smaller and do not lend themselves to proper typing for long term use. edtech #technology tablets

Android Apps for Education - work on Chromebooks and Chrome OS Tablets too!

Educational Technology Guy

Android Apps for Education Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, running on smartphones and tablets. But, you can also use Android Apps on Chromebooks , including the new Chromebook Tab 10 Chrome OS tablet. And don't forget about all of the Chrome Apps, Extensions and full websites Chromebooks and the Chromebook Tab can access.

What It Looks Like to Have Always-Available Access to Technology

Digital Promise

Forty-six Verizon Innovative Learning schools have successfully rolled out tablets equipped with 4G data plans, providing every student and teacher with always-available access to powerful tools and resources, both in the classroom and at home.

Chromebook or Tablet for the Classroom? Finding the Best of Both Worlds

EdTechTeam

Schools often find themselves choosing between laptops or tablets, without realizing there is a way to have the best of both through hybrid devices such as the Acer Spin or Acer Switch, that starts as a laptop but allows the screen to fold or flip into a tablet.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

The MobyMax tablet is $69!! Wifi and speakers are built-in and there is headphone input so that your students can use MobyMax Tablet independently without disturbing others. The MobyMax tablet would be a fantastic center where students can work on building skills independently.

Review: Acer Tab 10 Gives Students the Best of Chromebooks and Tablets

EdTech Magazine

Review: Acer Tab 10 Gives Students the Best of Chromebooks and Tablets. Do we want a Chromebook or a tablet?” Now, school districts can have both with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 , the world’s first tablet running the Chrome OS. .

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

Teaching With Tablets, Book Review

My Paperless Classroom

There are four in the series and the first I read was Teaching With Tablets by Nancy Frey, Doug Fisher and Alex Gonzalez. The authors clearly develop a model of what teachers can do with tablets. ACSD has released a great series of books, their Arias series.

Microsoft Hopes to Revive Its Education Tablet Efforts With the New $399 Surface Go

Edsurge

based company continued its streak of education announcements with the launch of the Surface Go , a version of the hybrid tablet that Microsoft aims to sell to schools. This latest model, at half the price, marks “a big move in terms of making the Surface family more accessible in education,” says Arnold. That same month, Google announced that it was working with Acer to create an education tablet made for Chrome OS, which starts at $329.

?Ohio State Will Give Incoming Students iPads. But Do Tablet Programs Work?

Edsurge

In that same press release, Apple CEO Tim Cook is quoted as saying students will have access “to the incredible learning tools on iPad, as well as Apple’s new coding curriculum that teaches critical skills for jobs in some of the country’s fastest-growing sectors.” But do big tablet programs make sense nowadays? A smaller percentage own tablets. But they also document that there’s not a huge interest in using tablets more and more.”

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

CUE

This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. and engage in deeper thinking during the school day, when they have access to their peers and their teachers.

Acer Unveils Chromebook Tab 10, First Chrome OS Tablet for Education

techlearning

Acer today unveiled the first education tablet running Chrome OS, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (D651N).

EdRedi makes tablets ready for classroom use

eSchool News

To help make tablets more classroom ready, Education Resources created its EdRedi application which allows classroom teachers to intuitively supervise and control their students’ name-brand devices, such as the Acer Iconia 10.1 tablet, the first EdRedi-enabled device.

Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

Waterford

“While the pervasive use of tablets, smartphones, laptops and digital education content is expanding around us, in the classroom, students are not actively using these technologies for learning—even within well-equipped classrooms where access is not the problem,” the report says.

Awareness, Assessment, and Access: Improving Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

Access. Building off of a lending model used by two of the libraries that host its classes, RIFLI is planning a pilot program for January 2015 in which digital literacy students can borrow tablets and take them home. But lending the tablets is only part of the access puzzle. Without an affordable data plan, a tablet has limited usefulness. Awareness, assessment, and access: these are the three things that RIFLI have in mind at all times.

LeapFrog’s $140 tablet includes some adaptive learning features

eSchool News

New tablet adjusts learning to young learners’ needs. The tablet, called Epic , is meant for students from pre-K to about nine years old. It uses a special browser only allowing access to pre-selected, kid-safe web content.

Why I Purchased an Android Tablet and Not an iPad

The 21st Century Principal

One of the biggest reasons for purchasing an Android tablet as opposed to an iPad was my Amazon cloud products. Of the course, the pure OSers would point out I could store my music in the iCloud, but then I could not access my music on my Kindle Fire, which I sometimes do while reading.

LOC releases new Student Discovery Sets for tablets

eSchool News

Tablet sets cover women’s suffrage, Japanese American internment, and political cartoons. The Library of Congress is putting all of these historical documents, along with many more, in the hands of students and teachers through its three newest free, interactive ebooks for tablets.

Platform will beam lessons to rural schools via tablet

eSchool News

High-quality teachers, textbooks, and research are now accessible to rural schools. The CDRF envisioned using digital technologies to connect urban centers that had access to quality teachers and learning resources with distant rural schools and areas.

Send and Receive Text Messages on Your Android Tablet

The 21st Century Principal

You can receive free text messages on your Android tablet by installing the Google Voice app on your device, and by setting up a Google voice number on your Google Apps account. Download the Google Voice app to your Android tablet and set it up.

Flipping the classroom when home access is a problem

eSchool News

A lack of reliable internet access at home can make flipping a challenge, but by no means an impossibility. Too many teachers have ruled it out on account of their students’ lack of access. So how can we reach kids who don’t have consistent access?

Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

Waterford

“While the pervasive use of tablets, smartphones, laptops and digital education content is expanding around us, in the classroom, students are not actively using these technologies for learning—even within well-equipped classrooms where access is not the problem,” the report says.

17 Must-Have Android Tablet Apps for the Administrator

The 21st Century Principal

The administrator who just purchased an Android Tablet can easily get lost among all the apps available for the device. With that in mind, when I started loading apps on my Galaxy Tab this week, the first apps I wanted were those that give me access to my web tools and files across devices. I then searched for apps that allow me to engage in specific tasks like read my RSS feeds, access my Diigo bookmarks, and sync my Google Calendar.

Rostering and Identity and Access Management: Bridging the Gap Between Convenience and Security

EmergingEdTech

At many districts, laptops and tablets are standard-issue equipment for students as young as. Image Source School districts throughout the country rely on technology today more than ever before. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 - the first Chrome OS tablet is here, and it's great!

Educational Technology Guy

Acer and Google have just announced the first Chrome OS tablet , the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Works and managed like a Chromebook, but in tablet form. This is a great device for schools looking for a tablet device, with a stylus and Android apps, that is easy to deploy and manage.

iPad or Samsung Tablet? Get the iPad

The 21st Century Principal

Neither of the two could help, nor did they understand why the tablet was behaving this way. It seems to me purchasing s Samsung tablet is a pretty bad idea these days, especially since they can''t adequately support them. Throw in just plain awful tech support from both Verizon and Samsung, and you ultimately get a miserable tablet experience. They sent me an empty box to ship the tablet to them, but I have no idea what they are going to do at this point.

3 Reasons to Purchase a Kindle Tablet Rather than a Nook Tablet

The 21st Century Principal

Now that I have had the opportunity to test drive a Nook Tablet, I can say, without a doubt, if you’re looking for an e-reader, you may want to consider purchasing a Kindle, rather than a Nook. For example, I purchased a special edition of a book entitled Crucial Conversations, and I am unable to access that book on my iPad. There are also at least two other titles I am unable to access either on my iPad or through using the Nook desktop app.