5 critical tips for implementing mobile technology

Tips include those for educators, IT staff and admin

mobile-technology-students Long gone are the days when having a phone in class was cause for dismissal, with professors and students eager to implement mobile technology into the classroom. The problem is, not all implementation is effective.

From knowing why IT woes occur on your campus to learning why apps aren’t always the saviors they’re marketed to be, these 5 tips can help educators get the most out of mobile learning.

Have any tips you’d like to share? Do you think mobile learning in class is all it’s cracked up to be? Leave your comments in the section below, email me at, or find me @eSN_Meris on Twitter.

[Listed in no particular order]

1. Know that they’re not great tools for actual computing.

While many students appreciate the ability to use their tablets or smartphones in class as a resource, when it comes to using their mobile device for essays, content creation or any other complex coursework, they’d rather use an actual computer.

According to recent research from EDUCAUSE, which used data from over 195 institutions and over 100, 000 students, laptops (85 percent) and printers (84 percent) are practically tied for “devices most important to academic success.” The next most important device is a USB drive (68 percent), then a desktop computer (65 percent), followed by tablets (45 percent), smartphones (37 percent), and eReaders (31 percent).

The report went on to note that though students like using mobile devices for accessing the internet and social media platforms, most scholarly work happens on personal computers with software typically included in Microsoft Office. Read the full story here.

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