Tablets in Education Brings Everything to a New Level – sponsored post

Tablets in Education The following is a sponsored post. I talk about whatever I want, but Samsung asked that it be about tablets and education. Beyond that, it’s all me, baby.

Before I started writing this, I thought that my kids were unique insofar as they’ve used tablets for a little while (my daughter’s 11 and my son will soon be 8). I guess not. Evidently elementary schools bought 3.5 million tablets in 2012 (I think that stat’s globally, not just the US), so that means my kids are more in the norm than I suspected. Oh, and kids 13-17 who own a smartphone? 58%.

But why? What good are they? In my house, my kids use tablets to look at YouTube (both educationally and for entertainment). My son uses the music programs to create songs. My daughter draws and creates art. Both kids have a habit of answering their own questions by asking YouTube or sometimes Google (never me). Both kids are evidently learning basic coding principles this week and my son, who bleeds computers and video games, breezed through the 4th grade level tests (he’s in second grade).

The deal is simple: tablets bring a whole new level of interactivity to learning. So, when Samsung asked me to talk about something related to tablets and the like, I didn’t even flinch. I figured that this is a story that people might not fully know, and I have a lot of first hand experience with kids using tablets. But then I wondered, how does Samsung make this any better?

Evidently, the big deal is that they’re doing a lot with apps in the Samsung School that they’ve created. They’ve got interactive tools like screen sharing, screen monitoring, ways to control the student devices (because I was about to wonder what keeps kids from being like me and just doing whatever instead of learning), and more. Also, teachers can manage their scheduling, modify class info and assignments, and the like. There are rich media sharing opportunities (like audio and video sharing), and a bunch of school-wide announcement features. If I’m reading it right, there are lots of opportunities here to do something a little more tightly and part of a system that you might be able to cobble together with other tools, but Samsung’s just made it really nice and neat.

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  • Charles H. Green


    I recently heard a speaker who had video of his two-year old trying to pinch and widen a picture–in a magazine. His conclusion: our kids view print media as a broken tablet.

    • Startup Savant

      It is just a matter of what this generation is being exposed to. That example isn’t necessarily a bad thing. One could also make the argument that our elders view technology as a bunch of hoopla and will not touch it.

      Education requires balance and innovation.

  • Tatiana Angan

    Although the article is really nice, I can say that the cleverer devices are, the sillier people become. It’s a sad truth.

    • Chris Brogan

      All life is like that. Once we learned how to write on tablets, I wonder if we wrote fart jokes on them.

  • Doug Belshaw

    Hi Chris, as a blogger and author, how do you see tablets from a content-creation point of view?

    • Chris Brogan

      Painful without a keyboard. But I have a keyboard. : )

    • Karen Mahon

      I wish I had the article at my fingertips, but I read recently of a high school that bought keyboards to go with their iPads, expecting that they would need the keyboards to write papers and such on the tablet. Turns out the kids didn’t use the keyboards. They just used the onscreen keyboard with no problem. Maybe a generational thing? I prefer using the keyboard myself.

  • lynnjericho

    Chris, How much time do your kids spend in nature, in their bodies, and with their friends? Tablets are great, but kids to be fully human need to be IN nature and active IN their bodies and engage in face-to-face and heart-to-heart play with others.

    • Chris Brogan

      Plenty. How much time do you? It’s not all or nothing.

    • Lucy Chen

      I think kids are good at getting it all, tablets, sports, playing with friends and in my kids’ case, painting, building LEGO and managing “car parks”.

  • Lucy Chen

    Alan uses iPad to watch Youtube (restricted to 3 20-minute sessions after meal each day), and play with the educational apps to learn alphabets.

  • ingmarmxy321

    My Uncle Elijah recently
    got a new green Kia Forte Coupe only from working off a macbook air… see post


    Agree with you! On the table, it is the more relaxed moments conducive to mutual exchanges and conversations

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