The Myth of Classroom Tablets

But what about one-to-one technology? (That’s teacher parlance for tablets for every kid.) As you can expect, that’s a massive initial investment, but then you have them. Well, still not problem solved. As of yet, there are no good replacements for the complete set of textbooks that follow a clear progression through the academic year in an app format. What we have are really bad multimedia programs that the kids can click through in about an hour with clever visuals and a few quizzes, but nothing with the scope and depth of actual classroom books. We also have a sea of inane games that very vaguely improve their basic math skills and a few very good communication tools to keep parents and teachers talking. Those seriously are great (Class Dojo FTW!), but in all honesty, a teacher can also use Class Dojo with just her phone. So really the tablets are massive expenditures that allow teachers to say, “Go to this YouTube video then take the quiz I made in Kahoots.” Simply, there is nothing yet which replaces the textbooks or enables teachers like the books, unless the teachers themselves basically just build a curriculum from scratch again. At least this time they won’t need paper.

So teachers have the burden of not only teaching, but also creating all curriculum, which they may or may not have the resources to act upon, which is already impossible, but whatever. Now factor in another problem… the testing.


This is part of a series on Education in Oklahoma:

Start at the Beginning


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