Guest Writer Reese Jones (UK)
Parents are giving their approval stamps on the use of modern technology inside the classrooms. The presence of devices has breathed a new life to the otherwise routine of the students. But, of course, there are ways on how to purchase the right device for your kid. Participating in a survey, parents have voiced out their views on mobile learning.
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The Popularity of Wireless Technology
Family members these days own mobile devices, from elementary students to teenagers have a gadget in their hands. These children know how to look for great mobile deals. They search websites like O2 Learn to look at the latest trends or news about the newest release device model from different manufacturers.
According to information from PCMag:
- 56% of children ages 8 to 12 have their own cell phones
- 39% of children ages 2 to 4 have used mobile devices
- 54% of those whose age ranges from 5 to 8 are familiar with using mobile devices
- 70% under 12 know how to use mobile phones.
- 23% of teenagers aged 12 to 17 are now using smartphones
- 77% of them have cell phones
These school-aged children know how to use their mobile devices to enhance their learning experience.
- 70% of teens use their mobile devices as a resource to complete assignments
- 72% of sold iTunes educational apps are geared towards preschool and elementary students
Because of this number, parents and school administrators think that the learning process is now fast becoming digital.
- 77% of parents think that the tablets are beneficial to their children
- 74% of school administrators feel that digital content increases student engagement
- 600+ school districts have replaced textbooks with tablets in the classroom
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Parents’ Views on Mobile Learning
Those who have seen the effects of mobile learning on their children agree that the use of mobile devices can contribute to the development of a child’s skills. Living and Leaning posted these results on their website.
- 71% of parents believe that mobile devices help expand learning opportunities
- 77% of them agree that these devices promote a child’s curiosity
- 74% see the value of the equipment in educating their children about current events, both local and global.
- 63% believe that these devices are another way of teaching children problem solving skills
- However, some parents still voice out their concerns about the apps being used. They believe that 69% of these are “purely entertainment”
Parents as Partners in Technology Education
Overall, parents are supportive of the way education is moving forward in schools. They are the resource that schools need in order to bring more devices in the classroom. 56% of parents have reported that they are willing to shoulder the expenses to give their children smart devices to used in school.
Parents would be most appreciative if they are involved in the mobile learning success of their children. They want educators to communicate with them regarding the policies that they have in their classrooms. This helps them to reinforce the best practices that teachers have in their classrooms. Hand in hand, parents and the members of the academy can use these advancements to the advantage of their students.
Let us know if you are ready to take education to the next level. Start a discussion below on why you agree or disagree with mobile learning. We value your role in building our community.
About the Author
Reese Jones is a specialist in web design, computer art, mobile handsets and fashion in technology. She is also a keen drummer, avid follower of Edudemic and Ipad4schools.org. Tweet her @r_am_jones