Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Getting to the Bottom of Vital Industry Data

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Getting to the Bottom of Vital Industry Data

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OUR SPECIAL SECTION on mobile learning ("Misson to Mobile," page 14) takes a look at what many expect will be the next revolution in education. As educators continue to weigh the many considerations attached to allowing student-owned handheld devices on campus, Speak Up asked parents what good they think the use of mobile technologies would have on their children's education.

HIGHLIGHTS

* Parents see the use of mobile technologies in schools as a means of increasing student engagement (43 percent) and preparing students for the working world (41 percent).

* The most often-cited instructional benefit is mobile devices' ability to extend learning beyond school hours.

* Only 12 percent see no significant educational benefit to mobile devices.

What do you think would be the primary benefits
of using mobile devices in education?

(Multiple responses allowed.)

INSTRUCTIONAL BENEFITS

Helps to extend learning beyond the school day                     38%
Offers access to online textbooks                                  37%
Improves teacher-parent-student communications                     35%
Provides a way for instruction to be personalized for each
 student                                                           31%
Provides a way to help students who are struggling
Increases teacher productivity                                     18%
Helps improve the teacher's technology skills                      17%

LEARNING BENEFITS

Increases student engagement in school and learning                43%
Prepares students for the world of work                            41%
Allows students to informally review classroom material            32%
Develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills              23%
Develops stronger communications skills                            22%
Develops collaboration and teamwork skills                         18%

NO SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT:                                            12%

K-12 Parents (sample size: 23,299)

Data courtesy of Speak Up 2009. … 
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