Tablet Personal Computer Advantages And Disadvantages

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A Tablet Personal Computer (PC) shortened as tablet is defined as a thin, flat and light weight mobile computer that is portable with a long battery life, a touch screen and circuitry that is contained in a single panel (Vermaat, Sebok, Freund, Campbell & Frydenberg, 2015:3). The tablet pc was initially developed by Alan Kay in 1972, he named it the Dynabook and was mainly used by children of all ages (O’Neill, 2012). According to Fischman and Keller (2011) the dynabook was further developed and remodelled in the early 1990s due to the fact that it was not user friendly, bulky , had a short battery life and an incompatible user interface. In 2009, a new generation of tablet device was introduced with the release of Apple iPad which now had…show more content…
Apart from the Tablet PC being lightweight, portable and the ability to use it anywhere and anytime it has other features that students can benefit from using it. These benefits include access to global podcasts of experts, online entry to the integrated Campus Administration System, access to accounts information and examination results. With the Tablet PC, students have access to real time interactive learning experience with their lecturers and fellow students, free learning programmes, e-skills, e-libraries regardless of location and a wider range of research material from various research sites. More so, students are able to quickly jot down notes from mathematical formulae to flow charts, re-organise their notes, save and search them later for future use. The availability of free Wi-Fi access allows students to get unlimited data as there are several Wi-Fi hotspots on campus. Charging bays for learners are also available on each campus should there be a need to recharge the Tablet. The following section provides details of the findings by previous researchers in relation to the use of tablet pc in higher…show more content…
When using the tablet, students reported to have immediate access to information and their learning experience was enhanced. This was confirmed by Clark & Luckin (2013) in their report which stated that the tablet had the possibility to motivate, engage students to learning, made communication easier and promoted collaboration. These findings showed an increased motivation, enthusiasm, interest, engagement, creativity and so on among students. Over and above, research by Pamuk, Cakir, Ergun, Yilmaz & Ayas (2013 ) focussing on teachers’ and students’ perceptions towards the use of tablet devices showed that learning appeared to be more attractive and interesting when using the tablet
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