Technology in the Classroom: Using Digital Tablets

Digital tablets, including iPads, have become all the rage in classrooms today. Teachers like them because it’s like having an all-in-one tool at their fingertips: Indeed, one device affords word processing, research, document sharing, and even school-to-home communication. Students like these devices because they make learning fun: Let’s face it an animated, turnkey lesson plan created by a third party can be a lot more engaging than a stand-and-deliver, traditional lecture.

But in this age of teachers strapped for time, it’s all too easy for educators to not take the time to learn how to use these powerful devices. So today, frequent contributor Janelle Cox explains some quick and easy ways for educators to get assimilated with these new technologies that are rapidly changing the educational landscape. Janelle’s tips include using tablets and iPads for:

  • Presentations
  • Record-Keeping
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • And More!

Seasoned, well-connected educators know that there’s an app for everything these days, and kids are always jazzed up over any kind of new ed-tech trend, so why not embrace the nascent technology in the classroom? You’ll be helping yourself, and your students will love the experience.

Do you have a digital tablet or iPad in your classroom? How do you use it in your class?

Technology in the classroom has long been a focus of ours at, and we’ve been ahead of the curve in terms of introducing teachers to new technology in the classroom trickery for quite some time now.

One perennially popular article we rolled out a while ago was entitled “Technology in the Classroom: Amazing iPad Apps for Educators.” In that piece, we spelled out our favorite apps for many devices, all designed to forever alter a teacher’s educational landscape. Check it out – many of the apps we reviewed there include interactive video vignettes that explain in full detail an apps hits and misses.