Hold the Phone

District leaders are wary of mobile-device use in classrooms.

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
47.8%
Availability and access for all students
40.6%
Lack of professional development strategies for their use
36.2%
Camera used in inappropriate manner
29%
Concern about cheating
29%
Allowing devices on the district network
26.1%
Cost
21.3%
Quality of available educational content
15.5%
Jan 05 2011

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