Let there be a tablet. I think you are going to like it.

learnpad2It was an arduous task to write a tender document for the One Tablet Per Child initiative that would give our education community a tool that could help achieve a number of educational objectives. Four different companies, offering five different products, submitted their bids. The adjudication of these documents was exhausting but meticulously and scrupulously done. It was not devoid of some heart stopping challenges. Finally the adjudication committee came up with the top product that will be distributed to teachers during the coming September in-service training.

The chosen solution that has been uniquely designed for education is LearnPad. LearnPad is an award winning classroom tablet which will provide most of our needs for a successful implementation in the classroom. As an educator I would say that the most important thing for me is not the hardware in itself but what it can do for me and my students in terms of the teaching and learning intentions. The device offers classroom control and supervision which would be one of my major concerns in the classroom. The provided software makes monitoring simple and allows you as a teacher to connect to and interact with your learners while they work. LearnPad offers the possibility of remotely viewing your students’ work in order to quickly monitor the progress they are doing on a given task or assess their level of comprehension.

In the next couple of days I will explore this device and give more details on what to expect from the applications that are going to be installed on the LearnPad.

 

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Published by manuelzammit

Emmanuel Zammit is an educator. Started his work experience as a teacher in 1976 and taught in State Primary schools, in the special education sector and in State Secondary school where he taught Technical Design and ICT. He served as a Secondary schools ICT support teacher, Assistant head master in a primary school, Education Officer for eLearning, Assistant Director and since 2013 serves as Director for Digital Literacies. In 1981 Emmanuel Zammit earned a BEd and completed with distinction further studies in ICT and Education Diploma from the University of Malta. A higher diploma was earned in Online education from the University of London in 2000. In 2008 Emmanuel Zammit earned a Masters Degree (Distinction) in ICT and Education from the University of Leeds. Emmanuel Zammit is a member of the EU Creative classrooms Lab and Chairperson of the Pedagogical advisory group to MEDE’s ICT steering Committee. In 1982 coauthored and illustrated a textbook for primary school children Lejn il-Missier and 1991 published the textbook for secondary school 11 to 12 year olds on Technical Design. Published various short articles in local religious magazines (Vexillina & Regina et Mater). In 2005 Emmanuel coauthored an automated testing system (SSr) for ICT students and won the NICTAA 2006 for SSr (National ICT Achievements Awards). Emmanuel Zammit won the Best Illustrator 2006 for a series of books covering Maltese culture and in 2007 placed first out of 564 European teachers and won the EU e-Learning Award for the Best ICT Practice. In 2014 and 2015 published two papers one on Digital Literacy and the other on Positive Behaviour in an Online Environment. Emmanuel Zammit is married, a grandfather and lives in Mosta Malta. His next main objectives are to implement the National roll out of Tablets to all schools in Malta, the restructuring of the Digital Literacy Directorate and the publishing of a Digital Literacy strategy for Malta.

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