It is my belief that the integration of technology into classrooms is necessary for education. With a transition of Australia’s economy from an industrial focus to an intellectual, the reliance on upcoming technologies and technical skills will be at the forefront of this shift. As these technologies and technology-heavy jobs become more prevalent, so too will the number of skilled and versatile workers. It will be the children and young adults within our education system that adopt these positions, filling roles in industries that have not yet been created and using technologies that are not yet developed.
It is the responsibility of the educators to familiarise students in the use of existing technologies to develop their knowledge, problem-solving skills and technical intelligence. These teachers have a duty not just to teach a syllabus or curriculum, but to utilise as many tools, technologies and techniques at their fingertips in order to create diverse and intriguing learning environments in which all their students can thrive.
In order to create learning environments rich with technology, that technology must first be sustainable and accessible. If a school has access to technology, but its ease of use is low, and the complexities of using it in the classroom are high and time-consuming, then it is not allowing the teaching to maximise their teaching capacity.
A perfect technology for the classroom is the iPad. These mobile devices are incredibly versatile and effective. The ability to access applications for a variety of subjects, topics and learning levels makes it one of the most useful technologies for use in a classroom. Its simplicity and ease of use make it intuitive and readily accessible to students, regardless of learning levels. Given the right tools, this technology can be further improved for a school environment, creating versatile environments across every year and stage level.
By having devices properly enrolling in a mobile device management (MDM) solutions, an ICT coordination or IT professional can remotely monitor, alter and improve on a fleet of iPads. This is a solution which creates a sustainable and versatile technology and places it in the classroom, in the hands of a teacher who can use it to teach. The complexities, shortcoming and technical difficulties are removed through the enrollment of the devices into an MDM.
These enrolled devices become learning tools that can be used in education, by teachers who will have the confidence in a technology which will work and assists them in enhancing student learning.