The Mobile Device Divide
6/24/2014 6:00:00 PM
Despite mounting evidence that
mobile devices are linked to
academic success, many districts
still struggle with the economy of
1:1 and BYOD initiatives. Need to
make the case at your next school
board meeting? The latest “Speak
Up Report” offers some compelling
statistics you can share with your
Principals are offering online learning for multiple reasons, including providing
academic remediation (66 percent), keeping students engaged in staying in school
(63 percent), and providing options for students who need credit recovery (61
Teachers who teach online classes, in particular, see a strong correlation between the use
of technology and students’ college and career ready skill development. More than half
of these teachers say technology use helps students understand how to apply academic
concepts to real world problems (58 percent), take ownership of their learning (57
percent) and develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills (57 percent).
Parental support of mobile device as part of learning does not appear to have an
economic, community type, or grade level bias. Around 60 percent of all parents said they
would like their children to be in a class where using one’s own mobile device was allowed.
Two-thirds of community members and a similar number of parents of school-aged
children expressed support for paying $.50 more per month on their phone bill if
those funds were used to increase school access to the Internet for student learning.
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