The changes made to learning during the pandemic helped drive home that lesson. Portability rose as a necessary feature for learning in the past year and a half, and it will likely continue to be important going forward.
“Teachers and students have adapted to and embraced the new digital reality, and regardless of where physical learning takes place, devices are the new classroom,” says Torsten George, vice president of product marketing for Absolute Software.
As a result, “device portability is now an absolute necessity to continue proper education and support students wherever they are learning from,” George adds.
This is important moving forward, as districts — and the nation — are increasingly uncertain of their plans thanks to the delta variant and others that may yet emerge. As students younger than 12 still cannot be vaccinated, many communities may once again rely on the flexibility afforded to them through portable educational technology.
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The Benefits of Mobile Learning Opportunities
Experts point to a number of key educational and social benefits that derive from a robust approach to device portability. For students, mobility increases learning opportunities, taking education beyond the traditional classroom.
“With mobile, students are not limited to the four walls of the classroom,” says Isabella Liu, a high school science and AP chemistry teacher at the University of Toronto Schools. “By leveraging various mobile apps, students can learn outside of the classroom as well.”
Paired with robust wireless connections, portability opens up the possibility of learning anywhere, and school-issued devices can round out that mobile experience. School-issued devices make it easier for students to access applications approved by the district’s IT team. These applications can then help them study, research or complete projects wherever they are, as long as they have access to their device.
“We want students to know that learning can happen anytime, anywhere in their lives,” Culatta said. “If the tools that we provide them to support their learning don’t follow them through all of the different parts of their life, then we’re not setting them up for success.”
Asset Tagging and Asset Management Tools Support Mobile Technology
Asset tagging and asset management tools enable IT teams and school administrators to accurately track their ever-expanding device inventories. With the move to one-to-one devices, these tools have become increasingly vital to K–12 IT teams’ strategies.