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Tablet computers in '70% of schools' - BBC News

Tablet computers in '70% of schools' - BBC News | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Almost 70% of primary and secondary schools in the UK now use tablet computers, according to research.

But the study says there is no clear evidence of academic improvement for pupils using tablet devices.

The study, commissioned by education technology charity Tablets for Schools, looked at a representative sample of 671 state and independent schools.

Many pupils reported that they took an internet-connected device to bed to continue social media conversations.

The rapid growth of tablet computers in the classroom was one of the ways in which the study found that young people are immersed in technology at school and home.

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How Smartphones and Tablets Are Changing Higher Education

How Smartphones and Tablets Are Changing Higher Education | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

"Mobile computing has taken over. The higher education community already knows that, but Adobe’s recent report, The State of Mobile Benchmark, uncovered some amazing statistics about the stunning growth of tablets, the true impact of smarthphone proliferation and the future of digital content.


The study goes into great detail and offers suggestions for how any organization with a web presence can act on the report’s findings. Here are a few key takeaways that are particularly pertinent to higher education:"


Well, that didn’t take long. Steve Jobs announced the iPad in 2010, and the computing landscape hasn’t been the same since. Just as smartphones seemed poised to dominate mobile computing for the foreseeable future, tablets disrupted an already unsettled technology environment.


Tablets are now driving more traffic web traffic than smartphones. This means that tablet users are more engaged and active on their devices. According to Adobe, “Internet users view 70% more pages per visit when browsing on a tablet vs. a smartphone.” That’s an impressive number and a strong indicator that colleges should be preparing tablet-friendly experiences for their websites and course materials. Tablets handle desktop websites better than smartphones and don’t always require apps to offer students and faculty advanced functionality. Responsive HTML5 websites will go a long way toward satisfying tablet users on campus.

Norton Gusky's curator insight, February 27, 2014 7:15 AM

Tablets have become the tool of choice for viewing video. eTextbooks are still an issue. 

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Type Superfast With Real Time Voice Dictation in iOS 8 ~ makeuseof

Type Superfast With Real Time Voice Dictation in iOS 8 ~ makeuseof | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

by Bakari Chavanu


"It’s time to do less typing and more talking with the new real time voice-to-text feature in iOS 8.

"Relatively little has been said about the new real-time dictation function in iOS, and in previous versions it may not have been worthy of the highlight. But with the recent iOS 8 update, Apple has restored bragging rights when it comes voice dictation and mobile devices.

"Past iOS dictation implementation wouldn’t show the text you dictated until you tapped the Done button, which meant activating the feature several times for long form dictation. Well, not anymore. For me, the new voice-to-text feature works more efficiently than Dragon Dictate on the Mac."


Jim Lerman's insight:

I have been a user of Dragon Naturally Speaking for about 8 years and have found it very, very useful -- both for myself and in teaching. Having an effective, "free" voice-to-text capability opens up fabulous opportunities for students to express themselves. The advent of easy voice to text moves writing in a whole new direction. I know because I dictated most of the last book I wrote and several recent  funding proposals. It takes awhile to learn how to dictate efficiently and effectively, which has little to do with the software learning your voice patterns and much to do with developing a different though process.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, September 28, 2014 10:49 PM

I can see it now, students all over the library talking into to their phones, assuring me they are writing their papers. ;-)

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Donald Clark Plan B: Tablets: 7 researched ways they can inhibit learning

Donald Clark Plan B: Tablets: 7 researched ways they can inhibit learning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

I've already given a general critique of why tablets should not be used in schools in Too cool for school: why tablets should NOT be used in education, but there is one issue that gets to the heart of the matter. Typing, text and data manipulation is important in learning. Many learners will be expected to write, edit and input data, not only while they learn but also when using computers at work or at home for leisure. Given the increased use of tablets in schools and universities, we must also ask whether typing is better on touchscreens or keyboards. Are we missing the fact that touchscreens may inhibit or even damage learning? 




Research comparing touchscreen with physical keyboards goes back over 20 years has consistently shown that touch screens produce slower and less accurate performance when compared with physical keyboards; Barrett & Krueger, 1994; Wilson, Inderrieden, & Liu, 1995; Schneiderman (1998); Ryall (2006); Hinrichs (2007). Benco (2009) at the University of Washington’s Information School, with Microsoft Research, showed accidental touches and a 31% lower typing speed (or 20 words per minute faster). But there’s even more bad news. 





We can use this evidence to identify the point in education where learning may become inhibited, if not damaged, by tablet use. Note that this is not a fatal objection to the use of tablets in education. It is, however, a severe warning about their appropriateness for deeper and mature learning that involves even modest amounts of writing, note taking, data input, use of mathematical notation, image, audio and video manipulation, coding and so on. The danger is that we are being lulled into believing that tablets are appropriate by qualitative reports from students (who let’s be honest don’t mind doing less!). What’s needed is more hard-headed research, not on attractiveness but on attainment.

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