The computer era has definitely arisen in the 1990’s. Providing creations of science and technology to aid and assist mankind in its day to day living. Truly, the world has started depending on technology and with its advancement nowadays, people have been trying to cope up with the latest technological trend that will make living more effortless and their financial state in the society higher. In line with this, the government in the Philippines is planning to implement the usage of tablets in high school classrooms.
Philippine President Simeon Benigno Aquino III announced during the launch of the country’s new K-12 basic education program recently that the government is eyeing the use of PC tablets in public and private schools in lieu of traditional textbooks. ” (Philippine Inquirer) A tablet PC is a wireless, portable personal computer with a touch screen interface. The tablet form factor is typically smaller than a notebook computer but larger than a smartphone. The government and school administrations must proceed carefully when considering whether to adopt this new technology on a large scale.
For me though, seeing education as a way of producing autonomous people who can create a life where they feel confident with technology, gather skills in its use and get the most out of it in a high school setting, a tablet is an odd choice. “Tablets offer immense potential, particularly in the field of education” says Sohail (2013), a known writer in the field of technological genre. According to him, Apple has recently launched “iBooks” for students. Ibooks transforms paper textbooks into multi-touch textbooks with 3D content and interactive images.
In support of this, David (2012), a writer and an editor, claims that students, specifically those who are studying in high school will no longer be weighed down by dozens of text books that contains obsolete knowledge in their every school day. While both may be right in some ways, there are particular loop holes in this argument that are stated in Mavrick’s (2011) article of how disadvantageous it is to have tablets as learning devices. “If you plan to work for long periods of time, using a tablet will quickly become awkward, and could be hazardous to your health. Using them in replace of textbooks will mean frequent and long usage of tablets leading to extensive exposure of the eyes to radiation. Also, saying that textbooks contain obsolete knowledge and textbooks that can be downloaded by the tablet do not is erroneous.
Textbooks that can be downloaded by the tablet are also the published paper textbooks that we have therefore containing the same information. Another is that tablets cannot be a substitute for writing materials. “The biggest potential downside to purchasing a tablet computer is that there is no physical keyboard built in. as said by Mavrick. “Touch-screen keyboards are awkward with high error rates and the process of storing, networking and printing from tablets is tortuous. ”, Donald Clark, a former chief executive officer of Household International and a renowned writer as well, supports. One reason I find in purchasing tablets learning devices is that we can do note taking in them. But then again, this can be done better in laptops and notebooks. I, myself, find it easier of course to type in keyboards. Refuting this argument by saying that keyboards for tablets can now be purchased is to admit defeat.
It’s like saying that tablets can only work once you turn them into laptops with the additional cost. Considering costs, Mavrick and Donald also say that tablets are really costly. “With an average price range of more than $400, they cost more than a lot of conventional netbooks. ”, “Tablets are expensive to buy and repair, and are difficult in terms of networking and peripherals. They are designed to be used casually in the home, not in school, the lab or classroom. ”, according to them. If converted into peso, a tablet would normally cost P16,284. 00 excluding shipping payment and additional fees.
Donald adds up, “This is born out in Honywood Community Science School, a recently formed Academy, that bought 1200 iPads at a cost of ?500,000 where half are now broken. So there’s a real question over the robustness of the technology in a school and in school bags, where they get knocked, dropped and scratched. ” Being a third world country, this project’s feasibility is quite questionable. There may really be great financial problems in implementing the use of tablets in high school departments, what more in public schools that are only supported by the government.
High school students pose the same number of downsides to this matter as the tablet itself. Young and carefree as they are, we may not really be sure if tablets are appropriate as a learning device for them with their state of maturity and responsibility. Grace, a psychologist, refers to high school students as teenagers who are confused, curious, and complex human beings. They who mostly are easily swayed and influenced, they who mostly have no control over themselves, they may not be ready for this kind of responsibility that highly requires discipline to be able to maintain order.
A new study in the Philippines (by Science Daily) finds that 94% of high school students use their mobile phones to access social media during class which is highly prohibited. Facebook, twitter, other famous networking sites, games and entertainment applications will lure young minds into their promise of a great time and enjoyment. These all pose as distractions in the pursuit of knowledge and learning. In conclusion, it is not beneficial for public and private high school students in the Philippines to use tablets inside the classroom.
Though reading books, writing and taking down notes legibly by hand, teaching using blackboards or whiteboards, and interacting with everyone without the use and aid of technology seem primitive; I do personally think that this is the better way of learning. Though some may really disagree with me, I know that science and technology have changed the way we interact, do business, by and large the way we live, but some things are really better left as they are. Having high school students gain knowledge and wisdom independently will thoroughly train and prepare them for all the humps and bumps of life that lie ahead.
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