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

Administrators Sound off on Mobile Learning

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

Administrators Sound off on Mobile Learning

Article excerpt

THINK BACK TO 2007. Did you have a smartphone? If you did, did you use it for more than simple phone calls or text messages? And way back in 2007, did you ever think that by 2011 we would be talking about the benefits of students using mobile devices in their classrooms for instructional purposes?

Given that mobile learning is one of this year's hot topics in education, it is insightful to see how perceptions of mobile technology as a learning tool have evolved since 2007 (incidentally the year the iPhone first made its debut). The chart below shows how the views of administrators on the potential benefits of mobile devices for instructional purposes have changed over the years, as measured by participant responses to Speak Up surveys.

For some context, over the past few years smartphone use among administrators has grown at a brisk clip. In 2009, 41 percent of administrators, or 1,618 out of a total 3,947 respondents, reported having a smartphone. A year later, the percentage of those wielding smartphones had increased to 58 percent, this time 2,075 out of 3,578 total respondents--a 17-percent jump. …

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