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

From Phone Bans to BYOD: Devices That Were Once Considered Distractions from Learning Are Finding Their Way into More and More Classrooms

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

From Phone Bans to BYOD: Devices That Were Once Considered Distractions from Learning Are Finding Their Way into More and More Classrooms

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A COUPLE OF years ago, the first and last word in mobile devices for education was "iPad." The Apple tablet's dominance of the ed tech market has been gradually eroded by an armada of Android and Microsoft tablets boasting lower prices, easier enterprise management and integrated access to the Google or Windows cloud ecosystems. These days, though, with districts across the country preparing for online assessments that require keyboards, it's no coincidence that the most-purchased category of device is the notebook, with the Chromebook especially popular.

But the era of one device dominating classrooms is over. Notebooks face competition not only from tablets, but from new categories of devices such as convertible laptop/tablets and phablets, as well as a device that many districts once banned: the smartphone. As our cover story shows, an increasing number of administrators, teachers and parents are giving up on cell phone bans and coming out in support of BYOD. …

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