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Google Play For Education Set To Enter Classrooms With A Play Store For Educational Apps [Updates]

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Another one of Google’s I/O announcements, Google Play for Education is a new initiative that aims to make it easier for schools to implement mobile learning in classrooms.

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What Do Parents Think About Mobile Learning? |

What Do Parents Think About Mobile Learning? | | Bring Your Own Device |


Mobile devices are coming to school.The Learning First Alliance (where I am deputy director) and Grunwald Associates, with support from AT&T, recently released Living and Learning with Mobile Devices, which examines parents' attitudes towards mobile devices as learning tools.


This survey, completed by parents of children age 3 to 18, found that 51 percent of high school students carry a smartphone with them to school every day -- so do 28 percent of middle school students and 8 percent of elementary school students.


Many in the education community recognize the transformative power of these types of devices, which have the potential to increase student engagement, allow educators to more easily personalize learning experiences, and provide students quick access to an enormous amount of information.


But are schools using mobile devices for learning?


In many cases, no. While 17 percent of parents say that their child's school requires use of a portable or mobile device, in many cases it is a school-provided portable computer. And 72 percent of parents report that their child's school does not allow use of family-owned mobile devices.


There are a number of legitimate concerns related to the use of mobile technology, particularly student/family-owned devices, in school. Two often cited are issues of equity and the potential for distraction. But given the ubiquity of mobile technology in daily life, the fact that kids are often told to power down at school reflects a disconnect that raises the issue of whether we are appropriately and adequately preparing students for life in the digital age.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Nishtha's curator insight, June 11, 2013 3:40 PM

Indeed, very interesting, especially for brands who are targeting parents & kids. Mobile is way beyond advertising and mobile devices can be a great way to offer utility - learning, personalised learning & inviting feedback. Though yes, brands need to be mindful of not creating one themselves if the long term vision & commitment is not there and rather partner with an existing/upcoming one. 

Bryan Kay's curator insight, October 23, 2015 1:31 AM

I hope this article provides insight on how to confront student and parental issues as an educational leader.


Mobile learning should be embraced. Any way we can improve home-school conection the better.


Most parents and families have smart phones or access to internet. We should utilize this as a way to connect to parents more.

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What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools | MindShift

What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools | MindShift | Bring Your Own Device |
Erin Scott As mobile learning programs become more ubiquitous, international attention is focusing on how different countries integrate mobile
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