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Mobile Technology Thrives as a Learning Tool in K-12 School Districts

Posted by Nina Russo on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 14:06 PM

K-12 school districts have seen a growing use of technology in their classrooms.  From smart boards to iPads, technology is an integral part of learning and communication in today’s K-12 school districts.

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Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have increasingly been seen in K-12 classrooms, despite much debate.   Although some concerns still remain, mobile technology has grown as a learning tool and is gaining more support from school administrators.

One way school administrators can deflect the cost of integrating mobile learning into school districts is by implementing a BYOD (bring your own device) program, allowing students to use the technologies they already use in their everyday lives.

A recent eSchool News article shows the results of a study focused on mobile learning in K-12 school districts.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • School administrators say the following devices have had a significant impact on transforming teaching and learning:

    • Tablets - 41 percent

    • One-to-One Programs - 28 percent

    • Mobile Apps - 22 percent

    • BYOD - 22 percent

    • 86 percent of school administrators said mobile learning increases student engagement.

    • 67 percent say mobile learning also helps each student personalize his or her learning.

    • In 2010, just 22 percent of school principals said they were likely to let students use their own mobile devices in school and this year’s survey reveals that 41 percent of principals said they now support the move. An additional 10 percent said they had already changed school policy to support BYOD.

Not only does mobile technology give students access to more digital learning opportunities, but can be used as a communication tool for the school district as well.  

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