As technological developments in computing and digital media grow with leaps and bounds, education has started to get a piece of the action. Just a few short years ago, districts struggled to an adequate number of laptops to accommodate all students.Now, schools are stocking classrooms with tablet computers. Textbooks made with ink and paper are falling by the wayside, as tablets take over. Students are also accessing the internet for research and using interactive tools and games to enhance learning.
There are many reasons why having tablets in schools is great for students. Textbooks can be updated throughout the year to include new information. Apps created for the classroom can help students interact with learning materials in new and more meaningful ways. Most of all, tablets give teachers an invaluable tool in helping children to think and learn.
Until recently, Apple’s iPad was the go-to tablet for most school districts. Now, newer competitors are giving the iPad a run for its money with benefits that are desirable to schools such as long-lasting batteries, easy ways to input data, and lower price tags. Some of these competitors are unexpected, like the Kuno made by a family-owned company in Indiana called Curriculum Loft. Districts like the Kuno for its user-friendly software, educational apps, and content filtering capabilities.
Media giant News Corp. is also getting in on the K-12 tablet market. The company is creating a new tablet called Amplify, which is Android-based and will include interactive lessons, as well as tools for classroom management. The goal is to create a device that will meet all of a classroom’s needs. These tablets are expected to cost between $300 and $350.
Dell is also an iPad competitor with its Latitude 10 tablet. It debuted in the fall of 2012 and uses Windows 8 as its operating system. This gives the advantage of providing a format that is familiar to most teachers and students from using PCs.