Mobile Devices In Education Could Be The Secret To Unlocking Success In The Classroom
Many of us remember a “pre-cell phone” world. We can recall the days of remembering peoples’ landline numbers, hearing the busy tone when you dialed a line in use, and even how to operate a pay phone. Today we have a whole generation of people who were born into a world in which smartphones and tablets were dominant and already connected to the Internet. This generation is known as Generation Z, and they will never know a world where answers are further away than the swipe of a finger.
For these mobile natives, mobile device use is present in multiple mediums, including the classroom. While you may think that use of this kind of technology will be a distraction in the classroom, it has actually been shown to aid learning.
Here are a few quick and interesting facts about Generation Z’s use of mobile devices in education.
- Middle school aged students rely on their mobile devices for a number of learning-related reasons – 78 percent use their device to check their grades, 69 percent to take notes, 56 percent to access textbooks, and 64 percent to write papers.
- When students spent just 20 minutes with an iPad app, their understanding of the scale of the universe was significantly increased.
- Standardized test results are higher among students whose classrooms have access to mobile devices.
- Because of their smaller screens, mobile phones allow students with dyslexia to read more quickly without losing comprehension.
- In 2012, 20 percent of teachers were using an e-reader in the classroom – in 2013, that number went to 35 percent – a 75 percent increase!
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