E-learning has become a part and parcel of our lives. The companies are swarming into e-learning companies in the US to get the most innovative solutions for their corporate training purposes.
The entire e-learning pedagogy starts with making learning easier for users and corporate institutions have realized it.
The eLearning professionals are also finding technologically diverse ways to produce aesthetically rich and entertaining solutions at the same. One of such devices is the graphic tablets which make sure that the e-learning content is created on them without resorting to the use of PCs. So, it becomes easier for e-learning professionals to generate content from the confines of their homes and there are no location-based restrictions because such tablets are so portable.
Since these tablets use the touch screen technology activated through a stylus, they are easier to operate than a PC. The stylus gets an electromagnetic signal from the tablet when it, touches it, and the tablet deciphers the position of the stylus through this signal.
Use in the education sector
The teachers find graphic tablets immensely useful because instead of typing comments for students in Microsoft word documents, they can write handwritten notes for them via a stylus just like a pen is used to write on paper.
So, when the graphic tablet is connected to a computer, the students see answers to their questions getting written on the shared computer screen through a Zoom meeting interface. As a teacher or a corporate trainer, you can open any document on your tablet and write on it to explain the concepts better. The student can see you writing on the same document through the screen sharing feature. The concept of graphic tablets is more useful in the context of developing countries like India, where education has not gained so much priority, especially for the female gender. They are discouraged from going to school and the dropout rate is high among females at a staggering 57% before they reach the 11th standard.
For them, online teaching using graphic tablets is a feasible solution to avail. Their progress can be tracked to know whether they have logged in to Zoom or not and the vibrant process of drawing on graphic tablets even makes the process more interesting.
The use of graphic tablets among distance education teachers has also increased because NCERT materials are available without any cost.
The students can also ask questions from teachers by referring to a document which can then be opened by the teacher on his/her PC and shared with students in the Zoom meeting. On top of it, the students can be easily explained such materials by writing explanatory notes on them during a Zoom meeting session.
The students can be taught complicated topics quickly through this technology.
Use in offline teaching
Graphic tablets are also used in classroom teaching because they can be connected to large screen monitors and students can see everything. The teacher can also open up the document created in an earlier class and use it to teach the successive batch of students rather than repeatedly writing. So, the days of traditional teaching where the teacher had to stand in front of a blackboard and write are the days of yore.
Use in the medical sector
Apart from being an invaluable tool, in the field of education, these tablets are useful for doctors also who can write prescriptions on them. The doctors can deal with a larger number of patients, rather than treating a few because the prescription is seen on the screen by the patient. The entire crux of telemedicine where a patient can explain his symptoms on a zoom call and the doctor shares his computer screen to provide the prescription is captured by a graphic tablet. The storage also becomes feasible with graphic tablets because no paper is required. Using such tablets is an empowering experience because the doctors don’t need to scan and store every medical prescription written on paper, rather they can retrieve it from their PC when required.