Technology is slowly taking over the education field in terms of providing an intuitive learning experience to kids. Education systems are gradually migrating from blackboards to using interactive whiteboards for learning and Kenya is not left behind. Under its Digital learning Programme (DLP), the government of Kenya has distributed about 700,000 tablets to public primary schools. The government aims at digitizing education in primary schools targeting learners in Standard Four and upper primary school as well as their teachers. According to Kenya’s Ministry of Information, Communication, and technology (ICT), the government had planned to deliver about 1.2 million devices to all public primary schools by the end of 2017. However, how will school children benefit from these education tablets? Obviously, some conservative educators may argue that tablets cause distraction among the children. However, proponents argue that tablets act as a sophisticated toy used to revolutionize the modern instruction landscape. This article describes some of the benefits of education tablets to school kids based on different teaching methodologies and learning institutions
Tablets connect all the key stakeholders of the school including the teacher, pupils, and teachers. By use of school management software, tablets can be used as a direct communication tool between teachers, students, and parents. However, traditional methods of communication like handwritten notes and letter can be lost either accidentally or intentionally. With a tablet, the digital data such as feedback from the teacher like concern or criticism can be safely kept for future reference.