Across the country schools and districts are struggling to develop and implement BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies.
Protecting school and student data is a concern.
Overcoming the objections of administrators and educators who have to give up some control of the learning process is another.
Parents are putting pressure on schools to allow their children to use mobile devices in school. In many cases the students have better technology than the schools including more and more tablets.
Many educators believe that the best technology solution is for every student to have a computer. Although there is now history and research to support the efficacy of 1:1 – a computer for every student – the reality is that we are not at all close to a national roll out in public education.
Expense is the largest hurdle. Staying current with technology is another. Speed of implementation is a third.
With their affordability and portability, mobile devices are quickly becoming the personal technology of choice.
If you are not already delivering content via mobile devices, here are three reasons why K-12 publishers need to accelerate development of mobile content delivery:
- The sale of smart phones now outpaces the sale of personal computers. Their affordability, their connectivity, and their personalization will result in a acceleration of this trend. We expect to see a fast adoption of tablets as well for the same reasons.
- Mobile devices facilitate the holy grail of education -differentiated instruction. The ability to match the needs of the learner with the most appropriate content has resulted in real learning achievement.
- We are at the beginning of the second wave. This is where newer K-12 publishers potentially have an advantage over traditional publishers. They have built-in mobile delivery as part of their content delivery systems. For those publishers who have hesitated, you're running out of time to remain competitive.
Savvy K-12 publishers have already developed a mobile strategy to deliver their content via mobile devices.
Is implementation of an efficient mobile delivery system in your 2012 publishing plans?