District leaders are wary of mobile-device use in classrooms.
Last October, the National School Boards Association asked its members and other district leaders who attended the Technology and Learning (T+L) Conference what they perceived to be the greatest barriers to widespread adoption of mobile devices – including smartphones and cell phones – as learning tools. “Fear of classroom disruption” received the most votes from the 207 district officials who responded, with nearly half (47.8 percent) identifying it as a significant barrier.
Respondents weighed in on eight factors in all. The numbers below indicate the percentage of respondents who cited each factor as a barrier to implementation.
|Fear of classroom disruption||
|Availability and access for all students||
|Lack of professional development strategies for their use||
|Camera used in inappropriate manner||
|Concern about cheating||
|Allowing devices on the district network||
|Quality of available educational content||