Tablet PC's should be any teacher's tool of
A PC is a tool that no teacher can do
without today. The fact that you are reading this article is also proof of
that. Just about any task that a teacher has to fulfil has some ICT component
in it. Word Processing for designing assessment tasks and explanatory notes,
Spreadsheets for calculation of marks, Graphics Presentation packages for
presenting lessons, Internet Browsers for doing research and downloading resources
from the Internet - just to mention a few applications.
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Now, a PC standing somewhere on a desk is
very handy, especially if it is connected to the Internet. However, a teacher
is not always at one desk. A teacher moves around, even if he/she is privileged
to have his/her own classroom. As anybody should know - a teacher's work never
comes to an end. No self respecting teacher ever goes to bed before 11:00 PM!
So, you want to be able to take your work home and continue work on that
Assessment Task that the learners need to do the following day.
To the rescue comes the Laptop/Notebook PC!
You can carry it with you wherever you go. You always have access to all your
documents and all your favourite applications. If you have a model that has a
good battery life, you are not even dependent on electricity points for you can
work for up to 5 hours from the battery. You can even access the Internet from
anywhere if you have set up your cell phone to act as a modem and using anyone
of the myriads of data connectivity options that are available from cell phone
So why have a Tablet PC?
The obvious benefit is that you can have the functionality of a
Notebook PC that can use writing instead of typing as input. It also
with a real alternative to an interactive whiteboard. Many teachers drool about
teaching with the use of interactive whiteboards; however few teachers have
that privilege. Moreover, when using an interactive whiteboard, you still have
the projector shining in your eyes blinding you; or you have your shadow on the
board. If you use a Tablet PC/Data Projector combination, you can use them just
like an interactive whiteboard but you stand facing the class when you deliver
your lesson. You can write on your Tablet and make notes on top of a PowerPoint
show that you are presenting to the class. You can also take it around with you
if you need to present a lesson in another class. Setting it up is a breeze.
Another option a Tablet PC gives you is that you can mark your learners' ICT
work without having to print it out. You can make comments that are visible
like any pen-marked work - not using the ‘obscure' comments of Microsoft Word. This
can be especially useful for interim stages of assessment. Just think how many
trees we can save!
OK, what is the catch? What do I need to
sacrifice? Nothing! Depending on the model you buy, you can have the best of
both worlds. You can have a Notebook PC with Tablet PC functionality built in.
That is the type of model that I would recommend for teachers and if you buy
the Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC it needn't break the bank either since it is in
the same price range as comparable Notebook PCs.
For more information on Tablet PCs you can
visit the following links:
|1. Looking for Paper|
, on 23-04-2008 15:17
Only the Afr (.doc) version is availabel on the education website. Where else can I download from?
|2. Re: Looking for Paper|
Written by Marius Pretorius, on 05-05-2008 11:21
Which paper are you referring to?
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