In my class I have been researching information on technology in the classroom and starting to form an educated opinion. I am slowly gaining the confidence to use different media tools to enhance the student learning and structure the classroom time. I came across a digital article by Emily Tate posted on the Inside Higher Ed, dated February 22, 2017. In the article a few Colleges and Universities in the States are providing their students and faculty with iPads to help support their learning inside and outside of the classroom. These devices will help all students to have access to the same technology as well as the teachers. The teachers will be able to engage the students by setting up twitter, Facebook and other social media tools to provide reminders, assignments and connections when the students are not in the class. What is different with the Ohio College is they are adding a component power down time by setting up time to socialize by taking a hike or meeting up for coffee. These will be scheduled daily, weekly or monthly teachers and students will be encourage to do something away from their iPads.
I think this is an exciting trend, providing iPads for everyone will make it fair to everyone regardless of ability to pay, it would help with teacher/student engagement. Students would be encouraged to collaborate with each other through forums etc.
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