Top 10 of 2014, No. 10: Mobile devices and mobile learning

eSchool News highlights some of the 10 most significant ed-tech developments of 2014, and mobile learning is No. 10

Each year, the eSchool News editors compile 10 of the most influential ed-tech developments and examine how those topics dominated K-12 ed-tech conversations. No. 10 on our list for 2014 is mobile learning.

This year, educators focused on putting mobile devices in students’ hands in an effort to help them learn valuable technology skills that will carry them through college and the workforce.

Initiatives such as one-to-one pilots and bring-your-own-device programs popped up in more and more districts across the nation as school leaders sought to personalize learning and extend technology’s benefits and opportunities to all students.

(Next page: Top trends and developments in mobile learning)

But this year, things took a turn. Chromebook sales surged and the iPad juggernaut began to ebb. Overall mobile adoption in schools also rose—here and abroad as mobile learning continues on a path toward mainstream adoption.

In research and surveys, teachers say mobile technology gives them, and their students, more access to a diverse variety of learning materials and opportunities. It also boosts student engagement.

Read more about how mobile learning and mobile devices are changing education:

Mobile learning’s major impact

Google, gaming, and going mobile: Today’s 5 tech trends

How to dispute one-to-one, mobile learning criticisms

5 tips to create strong learning environments with iPads

Watch out, Apple: Chromebooks on the rise in schools


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