Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Trends in Ed Tech: Mobile Devices in the Classroom?

Do you let your students use their mobile devices for learning in your classroom? Do you think there could be educational benefit to letting them do so?

eSchool News reported this week on the Speak Up survey, a national survey of K-12 students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the use of technology in education. The survey has been conducted every year since 2005.

Of the middle and high school students surveyed at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, 53% reported that the biggest obstacle to their education is that the use of their mobile device is not allowed for learning in school. 67% of parents say they think students should be allowed to use their mobile device in the classroom. On the other hand, 65% of school administrators strongly object to the use of mobile devices in school.

Other noteworthy themes that emerged in this year’s survey deal with digital curriculum materials, online courses, and the use of technology on collaborative assignments. Students expressed the desire for more interactivity and collaboration at school.

What do you think are the pros and cons of allowing students to use their mobile devices for learning in school? Have you had experiences when the use of mobile devices in the classroom has benefited your students' learning?

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