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Android Tablets Could Replace Books in Schools

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Thursday, 05 April 2012 06:00

Imagine a future where your child is issued with an Android tablet on their first day at school, before they even know their ABC's. A single hardware replacement for a school bag full of books that over the years gets filled to back breaking proportions.

The real incentive would be the chance to open up a whole new and more exciting / stimulating learning environment to a class full of jaded, uninterested students who stifle yawns as they struggle to stay awake.

In theory it seems rather dumb that there's no word from schools or indeed the government within the UK or USA concerning replacing school books with Android tablets / iPads, or at the very least, implementing them within the school curriculum.

As the years have rolled by, times have changed and advances in mobile technology have begun to happen on a daily basis. One area that hasn't changed that much is school. There may be a large number of PC's available for students to use nowadays compared to the eighties when your high school was lucky to be in possession of one such machine, and students probably access their homework from home via the school intranet, but this is as far as it's gone.

A vision of our future classrooms.

It's therefore high time for schools to take stock of technological advances and stride into the future of learning.

Compared to the cost of countless books over the years, expenditure would most likely equal out, if not make a substantial saving. Of course, there could also be a requirement that parents provide children with the necessary tablet, most likely with a subsidy of kind, especially for lower income families.

India's £23 Aakash Tablet Handed Out to Students

India's government has moved one step forwards towards such a future, as it recently introduced Aakash, an Android tablet costing a teeny-tiny $35 (£23). The whole reasoning behind this cut-price device is to provide impoverished Indian students living in small towns and villages with digital connectivity they're lacking.

Indian students receive Aakash Android tablets.

Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal handed out 500 Aakash tablets to be tested by lucky students at its launch in Delhi. With plans to buy 100,000 in the near future and to distribute 10 million over the coming years, it will be interesting to see if this rather frugal (in both price and specs) tablet will enhance students learning. Kapil Sibal said:

'The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide.'

India's rural areas will surely benefit substantially as Aakash tablets are made available, as presently there is no access to libraries and therefore up-to-date information in many areas.
It is transparent that, even if Aakash proves to be an inferior learning tool, due to such issues as a limited 3 hour battery, as time moves on it will be very possible to have a device with improved specs at a similar budget busting price that will make it possible to replace the majority of students books in schools, of which they need many.

China Tests the Theory with Apple iPads

This vision of Android's future in business and education may well be closer than you think. Although digressing towards Apple and their iPad's, it's interesting to note that Jinling High School in China's Nanjing city have decided to conduct a trial beginning September 2012, wherein three students will be allowed to bring their iPad into school and utilise it during lessons.

Chinese students with books piled high.

If all goes well the Chinese school has plans to extend this option to all students.

The theory is that teachers will have complete control of the iPad's during school time, ensuring that students will be unable to install / play irelevant games, use chatrooms and will therefore knuckle down to work that teachers will pass to them through the device.

Professor Yin Fei, of Nanjing Normal University said:

'It is a fallacy to reduce students' burdens by introducing electronic devices. The excessive burden on students' shoulders is not from the weight of school bags, but the flawed educational system itself.'

Whether China or India find their move into a smart educational future to be a resounding success remains to be seen. Heavenly Android is certainly interested in future developments in this area and we'll do our homework diligently.

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 April 2012 09:31 )

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