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Virtual Resourcefulness

Published on April 2nd, 2012 in Teaching

A resource is exactly that, a re-source. It is something that you find to be a good source of information that you repeatedly come back to. And ideally, it is something that catches your eye, that ignites your willingness to learn, and that you can easily find again.

Some technology-based ideas are clearly catching the collective student eye already; whether it be through video, (teachertube.com, khanacademy.com), games (alleyoop.com), or simply interconnection in general (mashable.com/2010/11/22/technology-in-education/)

But what if it went deeper than that? What if students could be fully immersed in their topics just as the keenest bookworm becomes immersed in his or her book? What if all of our students could be the proverbial bookworm by default? We all know that learning should not be difficult or uncomfortable, and it is a travesty that we sometimes make it so. It seems like the best way to alienate students is to create contrast with their every day lives, a gap between the vibrant games and interfaces of home and the glum texts and blackboards of school. This is a gap that should not exist.

Of course one means of closing the gap is the tablet revolution. While some still think it is a fad, and that an iPad or Android tablet is ‘not really a computer’, when you look at the statistics it seems like this may not be true:

Tablet Graph

Source: ABI Research


Of course this could be due to more disposable income and frivolity (just look at MiniDisc sales back in the early 00’s), but when you think about the advantages of a tablet it is clear that they are changing the way we interact with computers. Wherever we are with them, we are able to use and re-use a touch screen method that we have already become familiar with on smartphones. We can move, create and work on these devices without the requirements of a level surface.

And this makes them one more thing for new generations to become faster and more precise with than their parents; the next level of interface that young plastic brains are adapting to.

And hopefully because students are enjoying their interaction with tablets more than their parents ever enjoyed interacting with large black and white textbooks, they will be far more efficient and involved with their learning. At Oolone we believe we can help with this, through not only the intrinsic visual nature of our engine, but also through the provision of timely and progressive lesson plans and resources. Let’s keep adapting the classroom for the better. 

 

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