Students in Ontario will soon learn how it feels to tap and slide on a screen on a daily basis, instead of using a pencil and paper.
Last month, Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals announced the government’s plan to invest $150 million into the integration of technology within the classrooms of Ontario schools.
The various kinds of technology will consist of iPads, cameras, netbooks and new software.
Funding for the new investment will begin to branch out over the next three years.
So where will all of this technology go?
Items such as iPads will be included in the classrooms of younger generations, beginning in junior kindergarten, all the way up to Grade 12.
“I use computers for learning games. I think I learn from them and I think iPads in class would be cool,” said 8-year-old Joseph from Newmarket.
As Mohawk journalism student Chris Plumb types on his laptop in class, he admits he is new to the privilege of constant technology in the classroom.
“I think students should be able to choose if they are taught through modern technology or not,” he said.
“For some, it can be engaging, whereas for others they might feel disconnected.”
Mohawk’s chief innovation officer, Ted Scott, says technology in the classroom must work for both the student and teacher.
“With this change, the government needs to make sure that teachers have resources to redefine how they teach. Technology in the classroom is an efficient way, but we need both technology and face to face learning to have the best experience.”
An ebook titled The iPad in Education: uses, benefits, and challenges by Thierry
Karsenti suggests the key to successful integration of the iPad in education is therefore, to provide teachers with proper training.
Whether or not this type of technology in the classroom is the best and most efficient way of learning, the ideology of it will solely be determined by how well students perform within the next three years.
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