The Future of Tablets New Orleans- Doug Feldman
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  • 1. Tablets in EducationDoug Feldmann, Ph.DNorthern Kentucky University
  • 2. A little about me…• Associate Professor, College of Education – NKU• Datacaster, Major League Baseball
  • 3. “Cultural Lag”• Gap between technology capability in society and in public schools• “Rip Van Winkle Syndrome…”
  • 4. Another Gap – in Teacher Education……between “wowing” students with the universitytechnology, and what they find in P-12 classrooms(makes you wonder… is funding public schoolsreally a priority in this country?)
  • 5. What Teachers Want…… to foster creative and critical thinking skills intheir students…not possible in the current environment(The public’s love affair with standardized testscores)
  • 6. Can Tablets Help in this Dilemma?Yes! They already have…
  • 7. The Predecessor – PDAs (examples)• Gym Teachers taking attendance• Student Teachers taking notes in the field (remember “scripting” with the stylus???)
  • 8. Tablets at Work in Schools Today…• Notre Dame Academy – Covington, KY ▫ A school without textbooks…• Lehmann Center, Lakewood, NJ ▫ A special-needs school ▫ Address students’ motor skill difficulties (example – Guitar App – produces music with limited touching of the screen)
  • 9. Pros and Cons…(from the teacher/professor standpoint)… On the plus side… • No clicking! • No hiding behind laptop lids! • Easy to add last-minute course changes On the negative side… • No “save” button is alarming to students • Note-taking on the keyboard can be cumbersome
  • 10. What does the future hold?• Apps are beginning to dominate education• More emphasis placed on tablets than any other hardware ▫ Already seen in MLB - #1 mobile sports app; enhanced for tablets