Free from textbooks!

Published on August 25th, 2011
Free from textbooks!

Well, for a few learners in Singapore, it’s a reality. Thanks to teachers who started handing out iPads to students, relieving them of the need to carry school bags full of bulging textbooks and notes. Sounds like a dream come true doesn’t it?

A school in Singapore bought 150 iPads for 140 students and 10 teachers. Users connect to the Internet using the tablet, and download books and course material.

One of the 14-year-old students even said it’s a lot more convenient. “Teachers can just tell us to go a website, and we can immediately go and do our work.”

It seems a new method of teaching is rising up, under which students are given more freedom to learn themselves, instead of relying solely on the teacher in traditional classrooms.

Even here in South Africa, Parklands College in the Western Cape have invited this method of teaching into their school by allowing pupils to work on Apple Mac tablets.

How do you feel about the use of technology in the classroom?