TABLETS - NEW TREND IN CZECH EDUCATION

J. Wossala, J. Laitochová, K. Bártek

Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Education (CZECH REPUBLIC)
Evolution of society is a continuous and unstoppable process. There are evolving most things. One of very important part of our lives became modern technologies. More and more the ICT tools aim to helping us and making our lives easier. There are some differences between older and younger generation. The older generation started using modern technologies later in life. Current youth have been born to this modern world and it is therefore completely normal part of their lives. Some theories talk about the net generation or digital natives. The educational process should reflect all the new trends, so well as the impact of ICT. It should integrate it into education methods and approaches. New term in education is New Generation Classroom. In education process are used relatively long time interactive whiteboards, data projectors. But the newest trend in Czech republic are tablets in education. In 2014 and 2015 there were projects aimed at tablet´s integration to Czech schools. This article describes these theories (digital natives, New Generation Classroom) and analyzes tablet´s using in schools – benefits, disadvantages, teachers attitudes and opportunities of tablets in schools. It follows on research “Smartphones and Tablets at School desks”, which was focused on using of tablets and smartphones at schools. According to this research there is 76 % of teachers, which supporting more tablets in education. With claim “Tablet can be suitable aid in education.” agreed 82 % teachers, 84 % students and 94 % parents. All these groups (teachers, students and parents) considered as main benefits of tablets in education mobility, low weight of tablets (in comparison with books), more funny and attractive lessons and quick access to information. This paper describes some practical experiences from some Czech schools, too. During this project appeared some problems at schools - with useful connections to other devices, low quality of WiFi networks at schools, low teachers´ knowledge "How to use it in education", etc. On the other hand there come some new inspirations from teachers. This paper summarizes these problems, gets some possibilities to solve these problems, presents some practical experiences from Czech schools and analyses the possibilities of using in primary and secondary schools, especially in math lessons.