Saturday, May 26, 2012

The More Tech-Savvy The Principal, The More iPads In The Classroom

Ryan Faas (7:53 am PDT, May 25)

iPad use in schools more likely when administrators like and use mobile tech

With its e-textbook initiative, iTunes U, and a range of educational resources, Apple is pitching the iPad as critical element in 21st century schools. [snip].

So what makes some schools embrace iPads and other new technologies while others resist them? It turns out that the answer may lie in the personal technology preferences of school and district administrators.

Project Tomorrow, an education research and advocacy group, released an extensive report on technology use in U.S. schools earlier this week. [snip].

One of the most significant finding centers on how principals, superintendents, and other school and district administrators use technology in both their personal and professional lives.

As a group, school administrators are significantly more plugged into mobile technology than the average American. Project Tomorrow found that half of school administrators owned an iPad or other tablet device compared to 10% of the general population at the time of the survey. [snip].

The personal adoption of mobile technologies by administrators lead many to push for iPads, iPod touches, laptops and other mobile devices in the classroom. Nearly a third (30%) of all “mobilist” administrators pushed for such devices to be used in their schools. [snip].


Another surprising point is that schools are investing in BYOD programs for faculty, staff, and administrators – and schools with tech-friendly administrators are 21% likely to be exploring or implementing such programs.

The full report is available from Project Tomorrow.

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