The 34 public elementary and junior high schools in Tokyo‘s Arakawa Ward will be the first recipients of a new project this coming April by the Ministry of Education to provide around 9,200 tablet computers to students in the district. The ministry has included a budget of 800 million yen in the draft for fiscal 2014 to finance this undertaking.
For school year 2013, Arakawa Ward was also the pilot project for the ministry as they lent out 1,200 tablets to three elementary schools and one junior high school. This time around, they are targeting that the 24 elementary schools will have one tablet per four first and second year classes and then one per two third to sixth year classes. For the 10 junior high schools, they are looking at being able to provide one tablet per student. The schools will also be set-up with wireless LAN to facilitate learning through the tablets. However, to protect the students from “harmful” online content, the devices will also be installed with a filtering system, and they can only be used within the school.
The use of the tablets can let teachers use alternative ways of teaching their classes. For example, for sports subjects, they can use videos to explain how body parts move. Another advantage is that they can teach the students individually depending on their level of understanding on the subject. The tablet computers will also be connected to other classrooms in remote areas to be able to facilitate further learning for those who don’t have access to materials that are found in the more accessible schools.
[ via Mainichi ]