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How Tablets Have Transformed Education and Learning

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Tablets have led to positive changes in how the world approaches education, learning, and social care. This is simply because high-quality educational apps on tablets can engage a mind in ways that traditional classroom or social care methods can’t. This isn’t to say that tablets are better than your average social worker or teacher; rather, it’s about how tablets and similar technologies can allow teachers and social workers to provide those under their care with unique learning experiences as well as streamlined access to social services.

For instance, according to a comprehensive paper by the Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions, a growing body of research has revealed that technology-enabled care (TEC), particularly mobile or digital-based technologies can not only reduce overall healthcare costs but may also increase access and improve medical outcomes. In relation to this, the Bradford Metropolitan District Council is already using mobile technologies to allow its social workers to work more flexibly by giving them remote access to social work archives and e-mails while they’re in the field. This means that instead of carrying case files to the homes of those in need of social services, they just need a laptop or tablet to access everything on the go, which in the long run will make it easier for them to help, connect, and engage with vulnerable children and adults.

The rise of digital apps to aid care workers goes hand-in-hand with e-learning. ‘Our own ‘Top Tips for Engaging E-Learning’ broke down the characteristics of effective e-learning in the modern classroom. These characteristics include bite-size learning, ensuring captivating and relevant content, gamification to encourage progress, and avoiding using technical language to make the content easy to follow. The most popular educational apps already exhibit these qualities, and as tablet-based education becomes more commonplace, they can only improve, leading to more efficient ways of educating both adults and children.

The Conversation points to how tablet-based educational apps are helping children to learn, particularly those who are still in early education. When used with standard methods of teaching, apps that teach maths and literacy can significantly raise children’s levels of attainment. The specific skills that apps can teach children also allows them to more easily develop cognitive skills, as well as gain confidence in pursuing areas of learning they’re more interested in. And as many of these apps come with varied language settings, they can equalise access to education at least from a linguistic standpoint.

As e-learning becomes more widely used, it is important for adults, both parents, and professionals, to support children learning from these new technologies. This is especially crucial in poorer, less fortunate households. Save the Children reports that lower-income families in the UK are 50% less likely to succeed at school compared to their classmates. More importantly, the charity also reveals that increasing the parent’s own skills, abilities, and confidence to support their child’s learning can reduce the impact that poverty can have on a child’s life. And apart from being beneficial to children’s education, there’s also data to support the idea of touchscreen technologies being a very important learning tool for adults and seniors, as well.

In short, tablet apps are not just a passing trend. These apps are here to make the job easier for those in the regular practice of social work and/or education, a tool that is already changing the face of learning and education for the better.

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