With the ever-changing technological landscape we live in today, every industry is being impacted to adapt accordingly. Industries are embarking on new methodologies to implement into their networks. Unfortunately, not every industry is able to keep up with this rapid pace. The Education sector is an industry that has struggled to keep up with this speed. Many schools are failing to utilize the amount of technology at their fingertips, and are not fully preparing students for a world that is radically different from just a few short years ago.
Fortunately, there are schools that are embracing change, and taking full advantage of the new technologies around them. With the growing acceptance of mobile devices in the market today, it has never been easier for schools to implement a mobility program to assist in and out of the classroom. Several studies on the use of iPads and mobile devices in schools have found that there were benefits across all age groups. With the user-friendly interface of many educational apps, studies have shown increased scores on literacy and math tests from kindergarten through elementary school students. Many teachers who were given the chance to implement iPads in their classrooms claimed that there was much better collaboration among students. This included group projects, note taking, online debates or discussions and greater interaction from shyer students. Teachers claimed to have a greater understanding of each individual student’s needs due to the personalized data insights for each student’s progress. Ultimately this data helped teachers to define individual pace and growth.
While it may be hard to argue against the benefits of new technology, some schools have run into roadblocks implementing a mobility program on a large scale. A recent example that highlighted one of these roadblocks happed to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The District launched a $1 billion program to distribute iPads to over 600,000 students. Mistakes were made, mostly in the form of iPad misusage for their intended and full potential. The project received backlash from parents and teachers alike expressing frustration that teachers didn’t receive adequate training on how to implement the technology within their classrooms. Technological programs of this magnitude may require training of an entire staff as well as the designated IT professionals.
It seems preposterous to try and dismiss the benefits of the program altogether. However, issues of Internet connectivity and security measures plague mobility device programs. Comparatively, these same problems arose when computer labs first made their way into schools. Mobility in the same respect is still ironing out many technological issues.
Apple has already reported that there are over 10 million iPads being used in schools worldwide, and with the tech-savvy, device friendly future coming, it seems unavoidable that mobile devices will be part of all education’s future classrooms. Implementing new technology of a large scale can be a complex and time consuming task. Securely and efficiently managing any sized iPad or Mac program, whether one-to-one or as part of a digital classroom takes Apple Certified Providers assisting and mapping out large-scale programs. Are you a school exploring the rollout of a mobility program? Find out more information about Apple’s iPad in the Education Sector program. http://www.apple.com/education/ipad/Do you have specific technology related questions unique to your environment? We invite you to open up these questions with our Engineering staff at CRTG. http://www.creativeresources.net/our-managed-services/mobile-device-management