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Mobile Technology Effect in K-12 Classrooms: More Than a Question of Cost

Tablets have become a learning fixture in many K-12 classrooms. The quick access to information and capability to provide personalized learning are just a few of the reasons why teachers, administrators and parents have been behind the push for one-to-one tablet programs in classrooms throughout the country.

The “main” reason administrators have NOT implemented the one-to-one tablet initiative is there is no room in the budget for it. The cost of the tablets themselves, along with maintenance costs, higher bandwidth and security features, and more manpower in school IT departments,  and training educators how to effecitvely use it towards learning purposes are certainly obstacles.

But is money really the only point of issue when it comes to adding mobile technology to the classroom? Students will be given a convenient means for self-direction and given the ability to find information faster but will this advanced technology based learning option take a way from practices that older generations grew up to do?Practices such as how to track down a library book via the Dewey Decimal System, eventually it may lead to student’s not knowing to spell properly for there is always spell check or even perfect their handwriting skills.

Another thing to think about  is  the sentiments tablets will play in education process. “Will mobile technology in classrooms really ever live up to the hype that surrounds it?” The current push for tablets in K-12 classrooms echoes the sentiments once reserved for in-class computers. In many cases, the learning promises associated with those computers did not come to fruition. Which inevitably left  behind a wake of technology-jaded educators whom soom looked at technology as a an overpriced distraction opposed to a useful teaching tool.

Mobile Technology in K-12 Classrooms: More Than a Question of Cost | Matthew Lynch, Ed.D..

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