We’re constantly worrying about how much time our children spend in front of screens. However when it comes to the classroom, technologies such as iPads can have a fantastic impact on learning.
Yet educational expert and teacher of 30 years, Marie Cullen, believes they aren’t being integrated into classrooms as much as they could be. Cullen recently made the switch from textbook to tech when she noticed that her tech-savvy students achieved greater results when engaged in app-led learning.
But she feels frustrated that schools expect parents to spend money on iPads that aren’t being used. She believes schools are failing their students by neglecting to utilise quality programs designed for iPads which bolster a child’s abilities and confidence.
Speaking to The Motherish, Cullen said, "I think teachers try to use as much technology as they can. But from my experience (and it does vary from school to school), how much teacher's choose to integrate technology depends on their outlook and willingness."
Cullen believes the reason teachers have difficulties in integrating such technology is due to the difficulty to find good quality apps for iPads. "I’ve seen a kindergarten class with absolute rubbishy apps on it. So, in my opinion they’re just time-wasters. They have no educational value. They're then used perhaps as a babysitter, a bit of a toy," she shared.
"We’ve had iPads around for the best part of five years but they’re under-utilised as a resource because there aren’t good quality materials to go on it," Cullen continued.