Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Tech GEARS Overall Score
2.75 out of 4 stars
University of Idaho
Screenshot for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a popular tablet that is able to compete with the iPad. The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system which is the latest version of the Android platform. Apps for the device can be accessed in the Google Play Store.

Tech GEARS Area Scores

Technology General Educational Application Rating System (Tech GEARS) Area Scores
Compatibility CM The technology is generally compatible with existing infrastructure and practices, but care should be taken to ensure that implementation addresses problem areas.
Relative Advantage RA The technology has some promise for improving efficiencies or transforming educational practice for the better, but care will need to be taken in establishing expected outcomes and evaluating impact.
Sustainability ST The technology is almost certainly sustainable in an educational setting for a reasonable length of time.
Scalability SC The technology is readily scalable beyond the classroom.
Affordances with this technology that are absent in similar tablets are the multi-window capability and handwriting recognition with the use of the highly functional and embedded S Pen. With the addition of Samsung School Software, managing and integrating this technology in the classroom is user friendly and has the ability to incorporate measurable outcomes. This tablet has a lot to offer in terms of productivity in comparison to the iPad. Limitations with this device include less apps available in the Google Play Store than for the iPad. The battery life is also less than the iPad, though it will still easily last through a school day.

Tech GEARS Detailed Item Analysis

Tech GEARS Detailed Item Analysis
Accessibility The technology's design prevents some individuals from being able to effectively use it, but add-on features can be utilized or adjustments may be made to compensate for this lack of accessibility.
Classroom-Friendliness The technology might work well in existing K-12 classroom cultures with minor cultural adjustments.
Cost - Add-Ons The technology will not require add-on items to effectively support learning.
Cost - Initial The technology does not cost significantly more than alternative methods or other brands of the same product.
Efficiency It is likely that the technology will improve efficiencies.
Flexibility The technology is flexible for a variety of purposes.
Infrastructural Compatibility The technology will function within existing infrastructures, but will require significant leniency, adjustments, or autonomy to do so.
Lifespan The technology would be expected to last between two and three (2-3) years in a typical K-12 classroom setting wherein it was used daily.
Management Ease A typical classroom teacher could manage this technology.
Measurable Outcomes The technology could be used to improve student learning on measurable outcomes, but could also be used for a variety of other purposes that may not be seen as educationally valuable (or at least measurable).
Management Scale A single administrator may effectively manage technology users beyond the classroom level.
Security With little effort, the technology can readily comply with FERPA and other privacy requirements and utilizes industry standards of information security.
Tranformational Value It is somewhat likely that the technology will transform school or classroom cultures in valuable ways.
User-Friendliness The technology is generally easy to use but may have a significant learning curve.
Zeitgeist The technology is of great interest to one or more subcultures (e.g., business, engineering), but not the larger culture generally.
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