Tech Talk: Are Amplifys Tablets Replacing Textbooks In The Classroom?Joanna Mazewski
Rupert Murdoch’s new educational group Amplify recently unveiled their educational tablets which are set to revolutionize how our children will be learning in their classrooms. The tablets, which run for about $299, come with a pre-loaded digital curriculum and are designed for both students and teachers to monitor their progress and attendance.
As far as the parental role with the new tablet, moms and dads will be able to access their children’s educational data collected on the tablets while teachers will be able to create chat rooms for class discussion. And the best part? They’ll able be able to take over all of the screens if a student is caught playing with games on their tablet, too.
So, does this mean that the tablet might be replacing the school textbook? It could be. Parents who are already using their iPads and Kindles to read their favorite New York Times Bestsellers haven’t touched a traditional book in years, citing convenience and cost as the two main reasons why they’ve gone digital.
In the United Kingdom, the Essa Academ in Bolton has already made steps to provide each student with their own iPad, which reduced their photocopying and paper needs from $120,000 to $22,000 a year. And in an age where school budget cuts are in crisis mode, that’s more than just good news for the future of education.
Tell us Babble readers, what do you think of Amplify’s new program to bring tablets to the classroom? Do you see it as a leap to the future or do our kids have enough screen time as it is?