Report: School Principals and Administrators Are Early Adopters of Mobile Technology

While only 46 percent of all Americans report using a smartphone, more than 70 percent of school principals and district administrators have these “always connected” phones, according to findings from the national 2011 Speak Up survey released today. And, while just 10 percent of Americans have tablet computers, well over half of principals and administrators use these tools.

The report also shows that these early adopters of mobile technology see the benefits for students and are more likely to support student use of smartphones and tablets in the classroom.

District administrators who are mobile users themselves are twice as likely to be piloting a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) approach or be evaluating the idea of implementing a BYOT program as other administrators:

  • More than 40 percent of administrators who are mobile users are currently evaluating a BYOT approach, compared to just 19 percent of all administrators.
  • Nearly 30 percent of the “mobilist” administrators provide school-owned devices (like laptops, tablets and iPod Touch players) for student use, compared to just 13 percent of all administrators.

Visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup/SU11_PersonalizedClassroom_EducatorsReport.html for the full report.

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