If there’s one thing that all schools have in common today, it’s that they all have to support more and more mobile devices.
According to a recent survey conducted by Pearson found that 53 percent of all students between 4th and 12th grade use a smartphone in class. This number is up by nearly 10 percent year over year.
The use of mobile devices as an integral part of the classroom and learning experience is a growing trend in today’s K12 school environments.
The challenge however, isn’t the mobile devices themselves but supporting those devices in the classroom. School wifi networks like many other industries are having a difficult time keeping up with demand.
Many school wireless networks today lack the infrastructure needed to not only support their current demands but are also incapable of scaling to support future growth. The numbers don’t lie either, with 96% of students saying they have wireless access at home and 68% of students saying they don’t have access to wifi in the classroom.
This is a huge problem consider how valuable mobile devices have and are becoming for both students and the school.
In an infographic by Mobile Future titled, “Edtech + Mobile = Learning” it pointed out that in one math class they studied, the majority of students scores who used tablets were as good or even better than those students who didn’t use tablets.
It’s not just the students that are noticing the benefits but teachers as well, with 81 percent agreeing that tablets “enrich classroom education”.
It’s become pretty clear that there are major benefits that can be realized from both mobile devices and the applications that come with them.
With new concepts such as location-based services, the IoT and big-data poised to take mobile device use to another level, school decision makers and IT departments have to be ready if they want to stay competitive and offer their users the personalized learning experience they want and need.
To help you get a better idea of some of the benefits mobile devices offer your students and your school, check out the infographic below.