In schools where 1:1 devices are supplied, students have the opportunities to learn through technologies that they may not otherwise have access to on a regular day. Providing students with devices to learn eliminates the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ and allows for an inclusive learning environment where everyone can feel comfortable.
The Sky's the Limit
When you provide students with a tool to enhance their classroom learning environment, even you, as the teacher, will be surprised with what they’re capable of. Technology allows students to create, explore, and transform, and they’ll probably even be able to teach you a thing or two.
It’s no secret that technology is taking over the world and reinventing the ways that we do almost everything. Like...everything. We can order food and clothes directly from our phones in seconds, and we can adjust the thermostat by yelling out for our robotic personal assistant. These advancements are shaping our lives, and the impact in our classrooms is no different.
When you streamline student focus down to one device, it can be hard for students to separate personal time from classwork time, and at best, they may even work on assignments from other classes at the wrong times. In many cases, the devices that they’re using in the classroom are the same devices that they may use on their own time to socialize and communicate with friends and family. To help mediate this issue, teachers can rely on device management systems and good ole’ fashioned classroom management strategies.
Downfall of Critical Thinking
With immediate access to the web, students often turn straight to the internet to find an answer to every problem. It’s much harder to help students develop problem solving and critical thinking skills when they have a device that has access to essentially every answer in the world. Make sure you’re still fostering that need for students to develop answers on their own, while the device can act as an additional resource when they need extra help.
System Network Down
The network is down and we’ve lost connection. Ugh. Any digital learning environment is at the mercy of the network that powers its devices. For the foreseeable future, we live in a world where systems crash and create connectivity issues that hinder, or even prohibit, any productive progress. Sometimes, plan B and C will have to work alright until everything is back up and running.