The Reality Of K-12 Mobile Technology


Reposted from te@chthought:

2014 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education

“Mobile technology now has a substantial presence in most school districts. 2014 continued the trend of steady growth in mobile technology adoption, with additional growth very likely in the next two years. The number of 1-to-1 mobile implementations has grown but still represents the typical implementation in only about one-fifth of all districts. The chief barrier to wider 1-to-1 adoption seems to be financial, as most districts are interested if they could afford it. District interest in purchasing tablets and/or Chromebooks is also high.

Many districts look to mobile technology to increase student achievement and make learning more engaging and personalized. However, many districts also report challenges in implementing mobile technology related to teacher lack of knowledge or experience, need for professional development and implementation support, and mobile device management issues.

A large majority (70.8%) of the survey respondents reported that mobile technology had been adopted in about 25% or more of the schools in their district. An additional 9.3% reported that their districts were very likely to adopt mobile technology in the next 1-2 years. Respondents frequently identified several challenges to implementing mobile technology, including professional development and implementation support for teachers/teacher lack of knowledge or experience; mobile device management; bandwidth, Wifi connectivity, and/or technology infrastructure; and breakage, damage to devices, repair.”

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