A recent survey on mobile technology for K-12 education, conducted in April by IESD, asked 214 educators about their plans for implementing mobile technology. Here are the key findings:
Adoption of mobile technology: Approximately half (53.8%) of the survey respondents reported that mobile technology had been adopted in about 25% or more of the schools in their district.
Benefits from mobile technology for student instruction: The most commonly sought-after benefits from adopting mobile technology included engaging students, enabling interactive learning, and supporting personalization of instruction.
Types of apps desired: Categories of apps most often identified as beneficial to student instruction were digital textbooks, creation tools, and student productivity tools.
Pricing for apps: Respondents expected to pay more for essential apps than for supplemental apps. 61.4% expected to pay $4.00 or more for an essential app, but only 31.0% expected pay that much for a supplemental app. About one-half expected to pay $2.00 or more for a supplemental app.
Significant hurdles to mobile technology adoption. Respondents from low-level adopting and non-adopting districts most often identified cost and concern about security/theft as among the most significant hurdles to getting mobile devices used for student instruction.
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