Mobile Learning in Today`s Schools

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Mobile Learning in Today’s Schools
Learning Anywhere, Anytime, on Any Device
Education is no longer just pencils and paper inside a bricks-and-mortar classroom. It’s using
a search engine to define vocabulary words; it’s watching a YouTube video to understand the
scientific method; it’s taking cell phone photos on a field trip to use in a report.
Technology has placed infinite resources in the hands of students. Now, administrators and
IT departments are tasked with how to harness this invaluable resource to benefit students’
learning processes in a safe way.
It’s not a question of if it happens.
It’s a matter of how.
Top 5 Tips for a Successful Mobile
Learning Program
1. Create a safe environment
A dynamic content filter is imperative for a mobile learning program. An
efficient and effective filter blocks inappropriate content, helps identify
cyberbullying, and ensures CIPA compliance on and off the network —
while allowing the educational aspects of Web 2.0. When your program
goes mobile, so should your filter.
2. Manage devices more easily
Your IT staff needs education-specific tools to manage your mobile
devices. An adept mobile device management (MDM) solution allows
management district-wide with easy app installation, device function
control, and critical information-viewing with flexible groups and an
intuitive interface.
3. Involve educators
Consider the balance between what it makes sense for IT to manage
versus educators. After all, the devices will be used in the classrooms,
and IT can’t spend all its time facilitating teacher requests to unblock
YouTube videos. Empower teachers to monitor device usage in their
classrooms and trust them to make judgment calls about which sites/
resources are most appropriate for instruction.
4. Provide educator support
A mobile device program is a big investment, and professional
development can help ensure it pays off. Proper educator training
promotes digital literacy and ensures that technology is integrated with
curriculum and standards. Educating teachers develops confidence in
those who create lessons, plan activities, and work to engage students.
Providing guidance to those who use mobile devices in the classroom
is an integral part of the success of your mobile learning program and
makes mobile devices that much more powerful.
5. Get off to the right start
The key is to have a plan. Decide how you want to approach app store
IDs: one per individual, one per school, etc. Determine how you’ll push
apps and software to your devices. And make sure you get configured
properly the first time so you don’t have to redo it.
Why Go Mobile?
• Immediate access to information
• Increased student engagement
• Personalized learning
• Access to online textbooks
• Student preparation for the
workforce and higher education
• Increased parent involvement
• Extended learning outside the
• Improved student-teacher
• Opportunity for global
• Flipped classrooms
• Devices for online testing
Challenges of Going Mobile
• Deployment difficulties
• Budget constraints and equity
• Filtering and safety concerns
• Teacher/administrator training
• Distracted students
• Ongoing device management
Trying BYOD?
Use These Top 10 Best Practices
1. Cover the whys. What makes BYOD a good fit for your district?
2. Get buy-in. You need a solid, written plan to get approval from your
board and buy-in from parents and teachers.
3. Determine the devices. Determine what you will allow on campus,
including whether you’ll only allow devices with WiFi connectivity or
also those with 3G/4G connectivity.
4. Update all AUPs. Set and share policies for what, when and how
students can use their own devices on campus and determine how
you’ll enforce them.
5. Plan your IT support protocols. Determine what IT will and won’t do on
personal devices and what hours IT support will be available.
6. Educate teachers. Give them basic advice to support lessons across
multiple platforms.
7. Address equity. What will you do about students who don’t have a
device? Make supplemental devices part of your plan.
8. Prepare your network. Get your wireless infrastructure ready for BYOD
demands, determine how you will secure your primary network, force
personally owned devices onto a separate LAN, and provide filtered
access through that LAN.
9. Be prepared. BYOD is a big change for many districts. Prepare yourself
by reading about and talking to districts that have done it.
10. Be flexible. Stay nimble and ready to adapt to surprises, good
and bad.
What can you do with a
mobile learning program?
Try a flipped classroom
Invert traditional teaching by
offering online instruction outside
the classroom and bringing
“homework” into the classroom.
Keep absent students on track
When a student is home sick or
on vacation, he can keep up with
assignments and lectures using a
Allow “tech breaks”
To combat possible distractions,
try giving students a limited time to
check texts or email (whatever is
approved) every couple hours.
Encourage students to take
notes on their device
Help to prepare students for college
by teaching them this invaluable
Conduct surveys
87% of parents say that the effective implementation of
technology within instruction is important to their children’s
success. But only 64% say their children’s schools are doing a
good job of using technology to enhance student
65% of middle school students are smartphone users and 52% of
them own a tablet.
Polling apps can help you get realtime feedback from students.
Get everyone talking
With a mobile device, shy students
can feel more comfortable
contributing to class discussions.
4 Ways Mobile Devices Simplify
& Improve Testing
1. They offer access (but not too much)
Online testing requires that students have devices to access the
internet – but you also need to make sure you’ll following protocol to
limit student access to appropriate sites or apps during test periods.
2. They eliminate distraction
If state exams are hosted through an app, an MDM solution can lock
test-takers into that app for the entirety of the testing period.
3. They’re easily monitored
No more glancing over students’ shoulders. Classroom management
software lets test proctors and teachers see every student’s device
screen simultaneously, preventing cheating and other misuse.
4. They’re efficient
With bandwidth management, you can prioritize traffic to testing URLs
so other network traffic doesn’t bog down the process.
Safety and Access — Anywhere, Anytime, Any Device
Mobile learning programs aren’t effective with across-the-board policies.
Set up policies that are flexible based on time and location. Establishing
tighter restrictions when students are on campus and during school hours
Lightspeed Systems Solutions
With the amazing opportunities of mobile
learning come some challenges. Lightspeed
Systems has the solution. With three
integrated, school-specific elements, our
solutions address IT, educator, administrator,
and parent concerns — and allow your
mobile learning program to be an innovative
and successful resource in the classroom.
Our Mobile Device Management solution
takes a unique school-focused approach that
makes it easy for districts to manage their
mobile learning devices.
Push apps, eBooks and updates easily
Configure, control, change password and
wipe devices remotely
Add users through your SIS
Share management with teachers with
tiered administration
Our fully scalable Web Filter provides CIPAcompliant filtering on desktop and mobile
devices without over-blocking, ensuring that
both users and devices are protected — on
and off the network.
eliminates distractions. However, setting up looser policies for off-network
Customize policies based on user, IP, group
or domain
use and non-school hours allows students to safely explore the devices in
Pull reports from high-level to detailed
their free time.
Make authentication easy with seamless
single sign-on
Give teachers the power to override and
create web zones
Lightspeed Systems creates smart
solutions for school networks
Find out more at:
Main: 877.447.6244
Support: 800.444.9267
Sales: [email protected]
Classroom Orchestrator gives teachers
the ability to monitor students’ devices in
real time, ensuring they stay engaged and
Zoom out to monitor an entire class
Zoom in on students to evaluate individual
Record student activity for further review
Intervene or lock devices