I just spent the day with my four year old nephew. What a surprise to see a child interact with technology outside the classroom.
First he taught me to play Minecraft and showed me how to build a dwelling. It thrilled me that he was able to quickly figure out how to construct a rectangular house with windows and a door. There was a lot of problem solving and no one taught him how to do it. He is also pretty good at filming videos and then making them into a movie with music. He figured that out as well. Did I mention he is four? He isn’t exceptionally intelligent. There are a lot of children who regularly use the tools without frustration or much difficulty. It all leads me to believe that we don’t have to spend a lot of time teaching students how to use technology.
Here is an article that describes tablet uses that students will totally understand and love to use. http://www.teachthought.com/technology/reasons-to-use-tablets-in-the-21st-century-classroom