You always knew it was going to happen, and in 2016, it looks like textbooks are finally meeting their maker, with Telstra revealing researching showing that the old school book is finally biting the dust.
According to research from Telstra, an estimated 1.3 million households with students living in them have tablets — at least one — and while that’s probably not hard to believe given how ubiquitous the portable slate computer has become, a little over 60 percent is using this for education, with approximately 800,000 households using it for some form of educational purpose.
In fact, the research isn’t just about how many people have tablets for educational reasons, but also about those parents thinking of grabbing one, with 71 percent of parents believe the education of their children is benefitting from access to tablets.
While that’s a positive side of technology, given how tablets can be used for more than just educations, the research also indicates that parents are also concerned the time kids have in front of tablets will be to consume content passively, rather than take on a more interactive roll and learn something from what they see.
“Parents can play a part in encouraging their children to become digital creators rather than just consumers of technology, to improve digital literacy and set them up for the careers of the future,” said Shelly Gorr, one of the Senior Advisers for Telstra’s Digital Inclusion team.
“An emerging trend is the ‘digital maker’ movement,” she said, adding that this is fuelled by “using technology to further explore children’s passions and hobbies, opening up richer digital experiences and new avenues for creativity and expression.”
“This might be digital storytelling, or making art, music and video with digital tools,” said Gorr. “At a deeper level, digital making involves learning about the underlying technology itself, such as learning how to code to create your own website, app or game, or design and 3D print an object.”