Classroom Devices-size matters!

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press reports that 62% of Americans take their news from a Smartphone. Not a tablet, not a laptop, and not a PC. A Smartphone. Why? These devices are small, easy to tap into, and less expensive.

Similarly, school leaders are flocking to add Smartphone-size devices to classrooms. iPods remain the most prevalent. Same reasons as the adult-news readers. These devices are small, easy to tap into, and less expensive.

Dr. Bart Anderson, our Firm’s new president of School Management Services and I were discussing this very thing last week. In our own deployment of devices in our clients’ and partners’ classrooms being outfitted with devices, we are studying the same thing. For us, the same logic applies when thinking of Smart-phone size devices. These devices are small, easy to tap into, and less expensive.

When planning student exposure to curriculum, learning activities, graphs, maps, 2-d and 3-d models, etc. these smaller devices almost never work out well as well as (even slightly) larger devices. While text, real-time interaction with teachers and peers work as well (and sometimes better) from Smartphone-size devices for students, we should all exercise good care and diligence when deciding just how much of the curriculum and learning content is actually be delivered via Smartphone and small devices.

Simple, but it sure has a major impact on decisions in purchasing and deployment of classroom devices.

Have a great week!

JW

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