It’s no surprise that discussions on mobile learning programmes have become ubiquitous within the Education Technology industry. For most schools, the question isn’t whether mobile devices should have a place in the classroom, but rather what approach is the best.

WIN13_Sony_04Mobile learning programmes and one-to-one initiatives, which aim to provide each student with a tablet or laptop that they can take home, are sprouting up around the world. It is easy to see why. Handhelds, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs and other mobile devices can allow students to take their learning with them, beyond class walls and school bells. 
They can use digital content as a cost-effective alternative to traditional textbooks, offer easier opportunities for personalised instruction, increase student-teacher communication, and provide anytime access to class resources and assignments. The use of technology itself also gives students hands-on, consistent interaction with the devices and tools that will no doubt fill their higher education and careers. In fact, research has shown that learning is enhanced when students use mobile devices at home to continue work initiated at school.

Many of the schools that we currently work with, that have begun a 1:1 initiative, wanted to enable every student to access school work online from any place, at any time. Traditionally Schools would spend half a million pounds on servers, cables, computers rooms, laptop trolleys and so on, but at the end of the day when school finishes, that infrastructure stays in school. What they want to do is have something in place where that investment goes home.

But a successful mobile learning programme must also recognise the inherent risks that come with allowing students to use school resources away from the school network and requires the implementation of technology solutions to ensure that resources are properly used, users are effectively protected, and devices are secured…. all with limited budget and staff.

However, all of this technology in student hands can bring some management challenges. Schools need to ensure appropriate use, push apps to many students, and ensure devices are learning tools rather than distractions.

Our cloud-based Mobile Manager was made just for schools, and balances management between IT staff and classroom educators. It is designed to be easy for both technicians and teachers, giving schools the simplicity and time-savings they need. They tell us, “The interface is really intuitive and easy to use.

“We didn’t want a complicated system; it was all very self- explanatory.” Even teachers have commented that “It is so easy to use; it’s brilliant!”

With such a simple and effective way to control the devices, schools can save resources and keep the focus on learning. Schools conclude, “It’s a much more interactive experience for the students: they’re much more connected with their learning and they’re much more connected with their teachers.”

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