“Education is under my fingertips!”

The iPad is one of the most attractive and popular among all educational tools. It helps students to enhance their learning experience. The iPad is unique for teachers as well, for it helps teachers to easily deal with a huge amount of work and tasks in an effective and time consuming way. Teachers like to use the iPad as it diminishes the paper work and helps them to arrange all the assignments in a proper, controllable order.

Of course it is  a big debate whether to use the iPad in education. It seems evident that the iPad is a beneficial tool that rises student achievement both in humanitarian subjects and hard sciences (Some Interesting iPad, 2016). On the contrary not all the countries can afford the cost of the iPad for the whole education system. However, I am acquainted with one country that seems eager to use the iPad in its education system for the nearest future.

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The country I am writing about is the Land of the Great Steppe – Kazakhstan. Since iPad was invented in 2012 Kazakhstan seemed open to an idea to apply it for the state’s education system. Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) and Bilim “Білім” Innovational Lyceums (BIL) are the brightest examples of the iPad practice in Kazakhstani context. As a graduate of a pedagogical institute I had an amazing opportunity to conduct pedagogical practice in these schools where I witnessed students and teachers which were eager for education mainly because of the iPad – the tool that created a passion in education!

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“Education is under my fingertips!” – it was one of the many delight responses that I get from students during an English lesson that I conducted with the help of iPad. There were so many useful applications that replaced the usual and boring way to learn English. For instance applications like Chicktionary, Grammar Up, Writing Prompts and Wordflex made a difference for the quality of the lessons (The use of the iPad, 2016). All I could see in the eyes of my students was as Kazakh people tend to say: “burning eyes” (көздері жанып тұр) which only could mean their eagerness to learn.

To sum up it is obvious that the iPad is an educational tool that can affect to the quality of the whole education system of any country. So if the country can afford the iPad why not to teach students who are curious and  will pronounce happily: “Education is under my fingertips!”?!

References:
Some interesting “iPad in education” statistics you must know. (2016, August 02). Retrieved from http://edtechreview.in/data-statistics/2463-apple-ipad-in-education-statistics.
The use of iPad apps in teaching English. (2016, February 20). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIu9ZcaCbks.
Photo credits to Dumankhan Abdashim. dumankhan.abdashim@nu.edu.kz.
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5 thoughts on ““Education is under my fingertips!”

  1. This is superb work, Yasawi. (5/5) The pictures really bring this post to life, and your writing shows plenty of personality and raises awareness about some changes in technology and education. I have two questions: 1) In your experience, are there any major concerns to students spending even more time than they already do in front of a screen? and 2) If you, as a teacher could choose between a more acceptable salary or having iPads in your classroom, which would you choose?

    And…comma check:
    Since iPad was invented in 2012 Kazakhstan seemed open to an idea to apply it for the state’s education system.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, davidphilip. In my experience, there is one major concern to students spending even more time than they already do in front of a screen. It is that the the time for the iPad usage should be fixed and used only when the teacher sees real benefit from it for the lesson. Otherwise over-sitting in front a screen may cause harm for a health of students.

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  2. For your second question, I would choose having iPads in my classroom rather than more acceptable salary because for me the passion for my profession is far in front of my personal needs!

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