There’s no denying it, technology is everywhere and a part of just about everything we do and education is no exception. Today’s generation is full of tech-savvy digital natives. The use of mobile devices as learning tools in the classroom is now becoming widely accepted. Programs like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and 1:1 are spreading like wildfire throughout school wireless networks all over the United States.
So we know wireless technology in education is the present and future of education , but how is all this mobile technology affecting education? This infographic below gives us a pretty good peak. It’s based on results from a study by CourseSmart and Wakefield Research which focused on more than 500 currently enrolled college students.
Here are some of the most surprising study results, for more check out the great infographic below.
- Professors are also relying more on technology for delivering class announcements and assignments: 84% of students have had professors post a class syllabus online and 78% of students have received class news and updates from their professors via campus systems, such as learning management systems or student portals.
- A majority (67%) can’t go more than one hour without using some sort of digital technology.
- Digital devices also allow for on-the-go reference to information with 79% of college students reporting they have done a quick search on a mobile device or tablet to verify something right before a test or a quiz.
- The survey revealed that technology has become a significant part of students’ everyday lives with the average using three devices daily.
- Online courses are gaining popularity with 58% of students reporting they have taken an online course, motivated primarily by being able to take the class on their own time (63%), not having to physically be in a class (48%) and being able to learn at their own pace (47%).
- Nearly all (96%) college students have had online components to a course: a majority of students (79%) have submitted assignments or papers online and 71% have taken online tests and quizzes.
- Communication between faculty and students is becoming more social with nearly one in five (18%) students having received materials from their professor via Facebook.
If your school hasn’t prepared your wireless network infrastructure for mobile devices in the classroom yet, we are here to help, and yes you need help, because, you can’t stop them. So go ahead and embrace these fabulous learning tools that have everyone’s attention already. Contact us here with any questions or for a free consultation. We have worked with over 250 schools all over the country implement solutions like BYOD and 1:1 to help successfully integrate these mobile devices into the classroom. We are always happy to help! Good luck!