Why the Best Technology in the classroom is Mobile Devices
Learning has changed quite substantially over the past few years. Schools everywhere are implementing BYOD (Bring your own device) programs or providing mobile devices to students. Regardless of the way this mobile technology is getting to the students, the fact is it’s become a fantastic learning tool that both teachers and students love. Over the past few years the number of students that own mobile devices has increased along with the use of them in learning.
Here are 3 key applications of mobile devices as technology in the classroom that make them beneficial to both teacheras and students.
1) Digital Content
Today’s students have to have their beloved smart phones, iPads, tablets, or whatever the mobile device they have. They crave those instantaneous updates, video streaming, multimedia, etc. Digital content is a great way to get students engaged in learning. Things like streaming video, e-textbooks, accessing a digital library, and viewing lecture podcasts are all types of digital content educators can take advantage of to capture student’s attention andenrich education.
2) Electronic Assessment
Mobile devices allow teacher to give electronic assessment in class with either instant feedback or they can choose to view it later. Teachers can also choose from several options in which to receive and view feedback. For example for a quick class survey the teacher may choose show students results on a larger screen in a chart or graph form. There are apps teachers can use to monitor their student’s screens on their own mobile device during assessments as well.
Most educators will agree keeping students engaged is one of the most important keys to effective teaching. Mobile device technology in the classroom can make learning interactive and fun. With their mobile devices students can engage with other students in different classrooms or even across the globe.Mobile devices make such good learning tools because they also allow students to share research and work collaboratively.
Mobile devices on school wireless networks make the perfect learning tool that can be customized to meet the student’s and teacher’s needs and utilize all of the above. If you weren’t considering it before or were having doubts I hope you will consider it now, the benefits of using mobile devices as technology in the classroom to students and teachers are limitless.
Overall, school districts need a network architecture that meets the requirements of today’s mobile devices to securely bring digital learning to school wireless networks. SecurEdge Networks provides planning, deployment, and design for school wireless networks. We have designed indoor and outdoor wireless networks for schools and colleges all over the country. Contact us with any questions or for a Free Consultation! Be sure to check out 3 Great learning tool apps for School Wireless Networksand 5 Requirements for mobility on k-12 school wireless networks for some more great information or download Free Guide Preparing Your Network for the iPad. Good Luck!