According to the National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education, 81 percent of respondents had adopted or planned to adopt an iPad, up from 73.5 percent in 2012, while 31 percent had adopted or planned to adopt a Chromebook, up from 14 percent in 2012.
This report highlights the perceptions of parents of a mobile generation, from preschoolers through high school-age students. Given schools’ increasing interest in engaging students with mobile learning—during and beyond the school day—and in “bring your own device” (BYOD) models, parents more than ever could be key partners in contributing to this new frontier in learning.
Bullies often use texts to harass their classmates, but now the bullied can defend themselves using the same technology. Many school districts have anonymous texting systems that let students alert administrators to problems.
In today’s blended learning environment, an increasing number of students and teachers have access to technology that extends the educational process well beyond the classroom walls. As part of this trend, school districts across the U.S. are implementing practices and policies that transform learning environments into one of participatory learning for the purpose of improving student outcomes.
A new study of how parents perceive mobile learning and devices finds that many want schools to accelerate their use of mobile devices in the classroom. The AT&T-funded report found that more than 50 percent of parents believe that schools should make more use of mobile devices in education, while nearly a third (32 percent) said schools should require mobile devices in the classroom.
During my eight years as a teacher and education consultant, I have seen an acceleration in the digital shift in education. When I began in 2005 at age 23, it was at the beginning of Web 2.0. My students weren’t yet posting status updates on Facebook; nor were they tweeting, sharing videos or bringing smartphones to class. Boy, were things about to change.
A new survey from the Learning First Alliance and Grunwald Associates suggests that parents whose children are required to use portable or mobile devices in school are more likely to see the educational value in such devices as a result of their first-hand experience.
If you're looking for software for your school or district, the SIIA CODiE Award winners may be a good place to start. From the cloud to mobile to collaboration, this list gives district CIOs a place to start when preparing an RFP or doing a software application search.
Bates College professor Anita Charles has studied technology in education and said working with tech-savvy student teachers is not as difficult as you might think. Creating a lesson plan is about knowing what your objectives are and how the tools you might use in the classroom can get you there.
In one of the most comprehensive studies of parents’ views on mobile devices in education, more than 50 percent of parents believe that schools should make more use of mobile devices in education and 32 percent agree that schools should require them in the classroom.
A technology plan recently presented to the board of education comes with a goal for all students to have their own mobile devices in the classroom. That technology would allow students to complete their homework, read books, watch tutorials or complete academic assessments such as Measurement of Academic Progress, or MAP.
Guaranteeing school safety is increasingly more difficult. But tech expert Scott Schober has some important points to keep in mind. Even though parents may feel they have no control over their children’s safety once they leave home, he says, technical advances applied with old-fashioned common sense are one way to feel more prepared.