10 Benefits of Tablets in the Classroom

A distraction or a new interactive way to learn? Like it or not, the tablet device is invading traditional school. Forget the backpack stuffed with books. It’s the era of the tablet and digital training. Learn more about the advantages of using tablets in the classroom!

Benefits of Tablets in the Classroom

Technology is invading the education field at an increasing pace. The process has effectively evolved from learning on blackboards to learning on interactive whiteboards. Our generation dreamt about using desktop computers to solve math sums, write and draw. The next generation speculated about the benefits of having laptops in the classroom. Sounds awkward in our days, doesn’t it? It’s now the era of a tablet, that small immediately operational vehicle of technology and knowledge.

In terms of education, the tablet is a fairly priced, mighty computer that enriches training through the use of an intuitive touchscreen and simple controls. The advantages of using electronic devices in learning are common knowledge. An increasing number of traditional classrooms factor in personal-use tablets as part of the curriculum.

As always, some conservative educators are concerned with the tablet being a major distraction. Others argue it’s not only a sophisticated toy but a versatile instrument revolutionizing the modern instruction landscape. There is over 15,000 educational apps in Apple’s App Store alone, and Google Play is neck and neck. The app ecosystem provides an abundance of learning content for all ages and various knowledge domains.

Apparently, teachers’ concerns may be justified in some cases, yet it’s hard to overestimate the benefits of tablets in the classroom. This article sums up 10 advantages of tablet use that span across different institutions and teaching methodologies. Let’s see why it’s so cool to be a student these days!

1. Easy to use

Those preoccupied with the technology challenge have to admit tablets are way more intuitive and easier to use than desktop and laptop computers, or even paper books. I mean, toddlers can use tablets. Textbooks seem to be losing the battle on all fronts.

2. Direct Communication

Tablets connect all major stakeholders: students, parents and teachers. Handwritten notes or tasks can be lost in no time, intentionally or accidentally. This never happens with digital data: any feedback including criticism, kudos or concern, is out there for further reference. The ‘forgetfulness’ factor doesn’t fly any more. Neither for students – nor teachers.

3. Live knowledge base

The instructor can quickly deliver engaging material to the students in real time in just a couple clicks. Sorry, a couple taps! Furthermore, students can use recommended resources to do their homework. Tablets give students instant access to individual research, a tremendous knowledge base available at their fingertips.

4. Personal approach

As an instructor, you have to address a multitude of learning styles since not all students are equal. Some are slow runners, others are sprinters. Pace differs, interests differ as well. The teacher can use the e-Learning arsenal to overcome this barrier and deliver the same course in different ways. For example, show videos or invite students to play edu games.

The tablet also accommodates special needs. Learners who have a disability will appreciate the tablet’s flexibility, freedom of access and tailored curriculums.

5. More cost-effective than textbooks

When you get right down to it, in the mid- to long-term perspective, the tablet is, in fact, a really smart investment. If pays off well when you get the burden of supporting obsolete infrastructure off your shoulders. No dust, no price hikes, no surprises from textbook providers, no storage and damage issues. Full scalability and lightweight backpack that fits thousands of textbooks in a single device.

6. Faster visualization, quicker reporting

The tablet is a great incentive for cultivating scientific skills. For instance, students can document their field trips right away, be it camping, going to the zoo or a museum. It’s not just taking pictures, students can make use of interactive maps or facility-specific content available on smartphones and tablets.

7. Improving computer skills. Boosting creativity

Like it or not, computers rule the world, so it’s vital to learn how to rule computers from elementary school onwards. Besides, the convenient tablet format encourages creativity – draw, compose music or make films with no extra tools required. That’s how students become a creative force rather than passive knowledge recipients.

8. Hassle-free assessment

And yes, teachers gain a lot, too! Easier student assessment and classroom management, finding unique teaching approaches and reinventing gamification for new purposes – it’s all there, just one touch away. At last, the instructors are empowered with technology that spares them from tedious grading and provides more time for teaching!

9. Paperless homework

Some tech-savvy institutions have already adopted the system where students turn in their papers in a strictly digital format. Paper is no longer an option. Too ‘green’ for your taste? Might be, but this is definitely a direction many colleges are headed. Paperless innovation is the new buzzword. No more ink and notepads. It’s all digital, eliminating the paper and helping the environment.

10. Learning simulations

It might be too risky and costly to fly a jet or spaceship in a test mode, yet simulations give you the right feeling and some of the required skills. Pilots, soldiers, and surgeons have been using simulation games for an eternity. Now they are available on tablet devices. Playing is not all about distraction and procrastination, games can really inspire creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.


I hate to do this, but a few words must be said about the cons. Basically, they all boil down to four major concerns:

  • Unnecessary distraction. Applies to younger students as well as grown-ups. It might be hard to focus when you have in your hands a web-enabled device that can virtually take you thousands of miles away from the stuffy classroom.
  • Technical limitations. Tablets do not support multitasking, so several files or windows might be a challenge to lesson integrity. Besides, online security has to be taken seriously and requires a professional IT workforce. Not to mention the trivial fact that tablets run on batteries, and batteries tend to run out of charge at the least appropriate moment.
  • Budgetary considerations. Notwithstanding the long-term benefits, tablets are pretty costly. The school just needs to call the shots, which may take substantial time and expense re-allocation.
  • Training and adaptability. Teachers may be unwilling to adapt their methodology to a new format. Consistent results take extra time and effort on the instructor’s side.

At any rate, these factors don’t constitute any real dealbreakers, in my opinion. It does take time and determination to embrace the new technology, but after all, the rewards outweigh the risks many times over.

In conclusion

When deciding whether to incorporate tablets into your curriculum, it’s key to define your ultimate goals and major stakeholders. Unanimous acceptance is crucial to make the new initiative work despite the possible downsides.

Tablets prepare students for the future workplace, they give confidence and creative tools unrivalled by traditional classroom infrastructure, and they engage those who are hard to reach and motivate. Last but not least, they just help our kids and ourselves speak the same language – that’s an opportunity you really don’t want to squander.

Can you think of any other advantages of using tablets in the classroom? Join the conversation, I’d love to hear them!


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Comments: 11
  1. George Brook

    I’m not happy with the idea of using tablets from elementary school onwards. Call me a geezer that clings on to old textbooks, but I’m positive that iPads do no good unless employed outside the classroom. First off, it’s indeed a great disturbance factor for a younger audience. However, a tablet device really excels when you need a quick prompt on a fact that requires clarification, e.g. on a school trip, in a museum, on a nature walk, etc. You can’t rely on a gadget with instant Internet access to supplement missing data or respond to questions arising from your course. It seems like a soft option, but then you are facing gaps in your learners’ recall and retention. They get unused to drawing their own conclusions, and ultimately they don’t learn how to learn, which is a disaster.

    1. Zane

      I disagree with your comment George. It is a fact that this generation and those upcoming are and will be tech savvy. As such they will gravitate towards using electronic tools wherever possible, and it is getting more common place in the classroom. I can see what you mean when you stated that they are useful when you need a “quick prompt on a fact”. But you are also underestimating the power these tools can have in the learning environment.

      For one, it can help the teacher keep direct connection with his/her students while teaching. For instance, when the teacher turns around to write on the board, that’s the time to talk to your friends, throw a all of paper around the class, etc. But having a tablet in their hands, these students who are already in love with technology, will more likely pay attention to these tools than to their textbooks.

      Doing activities on tablets in class governed by a teacher is actually a very effective way of learning, it is no much different than doing tasks in your notebooks and your teacher collecting and marking. In fact, after these are done on the tablets, the results could be IMMEDIATELY marked and reports generated for the teacher to go through, making the job of the teacher easier.

      You are right about the distraction it may create, but there are methods that can be used to keep this on a minimum.

    2. Unknown

      I would agree with Zane. Besides, my brother and sister uses iPads in school. They use the the iPads for schoolwork. The iPads are “managed”, i guess you can say, with an app that oversees the iPad’s activity. Specific websites are blocked so students cannot access them until the end of the school day. Even then, they are only allowed to do homework until you bring your iPad home.

  2. jennyct

    My son hates using the ipad in the classroom as a student. It takes a lot more time to log in and submit papers. Each book has a different username, login and user interface. Sometimes the teacher doesn’t get the submitted work, or the text pages are different than the hard copy. They school portal takes forever to load and change.
    PS My husband and I are IT professionals and it’s our living, but I really think this is a major headache.

  3. john

    I believe that tech in teh classroom can be extremely helpful because like zane said kids these days will be extremely tech savvy

  4. Unknown

    Hey there, 14 year old kid here. Scott if you read this, thank you, I really needed this. I was assigned a task to write a report on reasons why tablets are good for classrooms, and it’s hard when i’m in a school full of people who can only find negative points on technology. I love electronics, so this helped a ton. Thanks again.

  5. Andrew

    well. from my experience I can say that students are more likely to keep their focus and engage with the teacher than the teaching based on traditional text books. Kids love technology and tech is the future for them all.

  6. Ginger

    This is some kind of insanity to use tablets in elementary school. Children should read books, run and play and we should not promote such unhealthy time wasters amongst children. Then we have situations that we can observe e.g. in restaurants, fiends or family members instead of talking to each other are staring on their phones or tablets. They are addicted to these devices. When children come to a stage when they are old enough to make use of the internet they should be encouraged to use a laptop or a stationary computer instead of carrying around a mobile computer device that they don’t need. These mobile devices are for work or private use but only when it is necessary to have a computer on hand. Learning how to use a tablet is a monkey skill. These are user friendly devices and to introduce tablets in elementary school has nothing to do with education. As I said it is rather a promotion of timewaters.

    1. Unknown

      I agree that using tablets in elementary school is wrong. May I suggest that middle-and high-school students should use iPads because of the textbooks being heavy and hard covered?

  7. Mobi

    Thanks for sharing this nice and interesting post! Mobile technology has become indispensable and inevitable in all sectors and has completely changed the traditional way of learning.

  8. Pyro

    “muffled agreement”

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