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Advantages and difficulties linked to tablets in the classroom: 50 teachers confide in them (continued)

Continuation of the small survey of teachers concerning tablets in the classroom. Today, we analyze the answers to the question: What is the biggest difficulty you have encountered when implementing tablets in the classroom?

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Continuation of the small survey of teachers concerning tablets in the classroom. Today, we analyze the answers to the question: What is the biggest difficulty you have encountered when implementing tablets in the classroom?

(continuation of yesterday's article)


Question 2: What is the greatest difficulty that you have encountered when installing tablets in the classroom, regardless of the number?

At the top of the list, and obviously, comes the accessibility of the wireless network and the problems related to too low Internet speed. Network-related difficulties make backing up jobs complicated or sometimes impossible. Those who do not have access to the network clearly feel deprived of an important variable in the use of tablets. Without Internet access, several applications are not functional, the communication possibilities of the students are limited, and these teachers are obliged to bring the tablets to their homes to manage the applications and the sharing of the students' productions.

Second, anything to do with rules of use seems to cause some serious headaches for some teachers. Many of them have to constantly monitor their students who often branch off from the task at hand in favor of a less educational use of the tablet, such as sending messages or playing games.

Finally, the educational and technical support does not seem quite up to date, given the novelty of this tool. Integrating tablets into the classroom requires a huge investment of time and posture change on the part of teachers, and teachers would appreciate being better supported in finding interesting applications and creating educational activities. The desire to project the screen of the tablets on the TNI is present among the majority of teachers, however the environment seems less ready to offer the necessary assistance to install the software and the peripheral hardware which allow it.

Reading these testimonials, we understand that these teachers show a real desire to change their practice and benefit their students. We thank them for this sharing imbued with truth and through which we can better understand this desire to motivate their students using the tablets, despite the moments of discouragement that may arise.


About the Author

Brigitte Léonard
Brigitte Leonard
Brigitte Léonard teaches elementary cycle 1 at Campus Mont-Tremblant, at the CS des Laurentides. Passionate about the world of technology and recognized as an “Apple Distinguished Teacher” (ADE), she shares her discoveries and work on her blog: http://brigitteprof.brigitteleonard.com

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