Mobile Devices in Classrooms: A New Perspective

Education Technology Insights | Friday, February 01, 2019

The issue of using mobile devices in the classroom has always gone through different filters of controversies. In the U.S., the use of mobile devices has become very common in the classroom. According to a PEW research, 58 percent of the U.S. teachers own smartphones. These teachers are making the students more interested in the use of mobile devices. PEW research says, 73 percent of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers think that their students use mobile devices to complete their assignments.

A recent report of Project Tomorrow has included K-12 students, teachers, and librarians. This report is aptly bringing some important data regarding this issue. As per this report, the use of technology in the classroom will make students fit for the future.

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Classroom equity is a concern for every school. This report by Project Tomorrow says that the use of mobile devices in the classroom will help in achieving this classroom equity. Most of the principals are allowing mobile devices in the classroom in order to be relieved from the problem of inequity. Mobile devices are being greatly used for teaching core subjects. A survey by Harris Poll brings an interesting result in this context. It says that smartphone ownership between students from grade four to grade 12 has rapidly increased.

The schools have to admit this change and have to properly respond to this change. The use of mobile devices will enable students to easily deal with different problems. They will grow the ability to cope with the problems in a smart way. Needless to say, a smart group of students will help in developing the schools as well. With the assistance of technology, the schools will be able to allure guardians to provide their child a better education in the true sense of the term. Usage of digital content by the teachers enables the student to have a better grip on the subject. It increases their analytical capability and problem-solving skills.

Mobile devices facilitate the procedure of self-learning. Access to laptop, mobile, or Chromebook increases the problem-solving skill of the student. There will be debates over the use of mobile devices in school, but it has to be admitted that the controlled use will be benevolent both, the schools and students.

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