21 Jul 2011
By Dem Panopoulos

Should students be using the Motorola XOOM in the classroom?


My name is Dem and I was lucky enough to complete my work experience with the Communications and Media Relations team at Telstra. On my third day, of my work experience, I was fortunate enough to meet Brendan O’Keefe as part of the Online and Social Media team. Throughout an exciting day, he introduced me to the Motorola XOOM; a tablet not too dissimilar to the Apple iPad. I was asked to rate my top 10 educational applications and did so gladly. Toward the end of the day, Brendan asked me to write a blog based on my personal opinion about schools having the XOOM for their students as well as justifying my top 3 educational apps. Here it goes!

AndroidThe number of educational applications on the Android app market is astounding. Hundreds upon hundreds of apps that will no doubt have an effect on a child’s life if used correctly. There are apps for kindergarteners, primary school children, high school students and even university students!

The benefit of having such an aid for each of the students at a particular school might show in exam or test results. Different applications will enable the student to become more confident in their Maths, English and Science while also letting them become more organised with certain apps allowing students to plan their school day, week or month ahead of them.

Out of all the paid educational applications on the Android Market, these are my top 10:

  1. Math Ref
  2. School Schedule
  3. Words of Distinction
  4. The Elements-Tablet
  5. VCE Mobile
  6. Spelling Bee
  7. French Verbs Pro
  8. Kinesiology Sports Med Quiz
  9. Decimals into Fractions
  10. Grammar Guru

The number 1 educational application for the Motorola XOOM is Math Ref. I found this to be the most useful of all the educational applications in the “Market”. It would be extremely useful in the classroom as it would help explain each question that a student may have as well as giving them the formula.
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The number 2 educational application for the Motorola XOOM is School Schedule. This is an important app for any student in any year level at school. Students can put their timetable into the schedule and are therefore able to be prepared for class. Personally, having an app that helps you organise yourself/myself for school is really good.

The number 3 educational application for the Motorola XOOM is Words of Distinction. This app would be particularly helpful to high school students who want to add more sophisticated words to their vocabulary. I would find this helpful because it acts as a dictionary for harder and less common words.

available in the Adroid marketplace

The future heavily involves technology and it is only a matter of time before it controls us. Schools and students will benefit from having these small, practical devices.

Can the XOOM help students at school?

Will it be an effective way of learning for students?

This blog represents the personal opinion of Dem Panopoulos and not those of Telstra or his school.


Posts: 2


  1. Chris says:

    its interesting your comment that eventually technology will control us… is this a comical throw away line, or do you actually predict this happening, and how?

  2. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for your response to my blog. It is much appreciated.
    My generation has only known technology to rapidly evolve. We are reliant on constant change to measure our growth as people.
    This over-reliance on technology has the potential to “control” us but, as individuals, we can choose the level of influence it has.

  3. Gwynn (Telstra employee) says:

    Dem – this is a fantastic blog. It’s great to see a work experience student engage with what we do.

    As for your blog, it’s an interesting concept. A Orewa College in New Zealand (a high school) has introduced the iPad onto the stationery list. It’s not compulsory (contrary to reports) but the suggestion was met with a huge upcry.

    However, I don’t know if technology will so much control us, rather the use of it will somewhat dictate how we interact. For instance, when I was at highschool, a mere 10 years ago, teachers were still happy to receive hand written essays.

    Students I know now are required to have all essays and reports typed up. I suspect it won’t be long until these are all submitted electronically via email, and eventually run through tablet devices.

  4. Jeremy says:


    what an absolutely engaging insightful piece of work!! im telling you, I was just enthralled by the level of expertise you have in this area, and your only in year 10! wowee. I would just like to offer a bit of constructive criticism, if I may. At the start of your blog, you wrote: “On my third day, of my work experience, I was fortunate enough to meet Brendan O’Keefe as part of the Online and Social Media team.” But instead of putting a comma after “on my third day”, you should have left it off. It was an unnecessary pause in the text and it slightly tarnished the undoubtebly magnificent reputation you now have amongst the community. So next time, make sure you proof read your work thoroughly before posting it on cyberspace.



  5. Ralph says:


    Fantastic blog, really great infact. Dont take any notic of that Jeremy correcting you, I think your grammar is top notch. Just try to ignore him like I ignore the simpsons and noldt. Thats a retorical question. Well have to catch up for some fish n chips some time


  6. Terence says:

    I thought throughout the piece of blog you just wrote, you gave me inspiration to get out and do something in the world. By the looking the picture you also look like a nice guy if you know what i mean ;)

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