Mobile devices as teaching tools are becoming more and more common part of the education experience around the world. As per a Pew Research Center survey, more than 60 percent of U.S. teachers own smartphones, which is 10 percentage points higher than the national average for adults. As a result, they are building that tech-savviness into their lesson plans by leading the push for an iPad for every student and embracing bring-your-own-device policies.
However, cashing on the trend isn’t really a futile exercise. In 2015, the Pew Research Center survey asked a group of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers about the educational impact of Internet technology in the classroom. Here’s what they had to say:
- Either through their own instruction or by allowing students to use it to complete assignments, 73 percent of the teachers reported using mobile technology in their classrooms.
- Surprisingly, more English teachers were found to be using mobile technology in the classroom than math teachers.
- The students need digital literacy courses to be successful academically and beyond, as per 47 percent of the teachers, and an additional 44 percent somewhat agreed to the fact.
The vocabulary of kids aged three to seven who played its Martha Speaks mobile app improved up to 31%, found a study by PBS Kids, in association with the US Department of Education. As per the research conducted by Abilene Christian University, math students who used the iOS app “Statistics 1” saw improvement in their final grades.
Clearly, the figures point out to a plethora of advantages the technology has in the classrooms. Mixed with competent and engaged teachers, it is bound to bring out the best in everyone concerned.