Use these tips to ensure devices are being properly used and cared for
Today’s classrooms, at any level, are drastically different from the classrooms of just 10 years ago. Messy chalkboards have been replaced by interactive whiteboards connected to computers. Personal tablets and styluses have taken over the classic No. 2 pencils and lined paper. In fact, many middle and high school students have access to mobile devices and are using those devices for schoolwork. And, according to a 2014 report by Project Tomorrow, almost a third of those students are using a mobile device issued by their schools.
While mobile learning continues to work its way further into educational institutions, administrators and their team of educators are faced with a new set of issues.
How will our teachers and students learn to use these devices?
What happens when students break or lose their tablets?
These issues and more are bound to arise as the education industry explores new ways to leverage mobile devices in the classroom. Below are three necessities to consider for running a successful mobile education plan and keeping devices in good working order.
1. A training strategy
Although many of today’s students have grown up with smartphones and tablets, there’s no room to ignore training on issued mobile devices—for both students and educators. To get the most out of mobile devices issued by a school system, students and teachers must have access to training and troubleshooting for those devices. When exploring options and vetting providers, ask if any support of training initiatives is offered. If not, it’s important to research other options, or dedicate time outside of regular school hours for training staff. Once the staff is up to speed on the technology, including troubleshooting, students will also need a training program.
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