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Laying the groundwork for mobility in education

Mobile technology is everywhere these days, from our pockets to our cars to, increasingly, our schools. Just as mobility is changing the ways we work, it is also changing the ways our students learn. But it is critical to appreciate that technology, by itself, does not automatically lead to better learning outcomes and academic bliss. You can’t just hand out tablets and expect great things to happen.

At HP, we have been studying the role of technology in education for decades, and as newer mobile devices open the door for deeper integration of technology into the teaching and learning experience, we have found that two distinct foundations need to be considered – a physical foundation to support the devices themselves, and an experiential foundation to support how they are used. We call these twin foundations Total Access and True Learning.

Two Foundations for Education Technology

Total Access, the physical foundation of education technology, focuses on providing students access to educational content, curricula and communities that will prepare them to thrive in today’s global economy. This includes mobile devices, but also the infrastructure that supports them, including networking, storage, development, support, and security. From ensuring secure network access to charging devices, Total Access enables mobile devices to function at their best.

True Learning, on the other hand, focuses on the experiential foundation of education technology. This includes the content and curricula loaded onto student devices, but it encompasses much more. Consider the software mix that unlocks new capabilities and delivers new learning experiences, or Learning Management Systems that help teachers guide instruction. True Learning also encompasses professional development, ensuring teachers are equipped to make the best use of technology in the classroom.

When you bring these two foundations – physical and experiential – together, you set the stage for helping students achieve meaningful outcomes.

The Right Devices for the Right Students

It’s important to provide students with the right mobile devices at the right points in their academic journey. There is no “one size fits all” model, and the learning process changes and grows more complex as students move from primary through secondary education. As content and expectations change, the devices students use should change as well.

In the elementary years, educators focus on building students’ fundamental literacy, numeracy, and social skills. Kinesthetic learning plays a critical role as students learn how to write, draw, and work together. For this age group, tablets allow students to interact with content and applications in a natural, more intuitive manner than the traditional keyboard.

As students progress into middle school, content creation becomes more important, as does learning to navigate external resources. At this stage, many schools opt for transitional devices, such as Chromebooks, which offer a middle ground between tablets and full-feature laptops. These easy-to-use devices are mobile, affordable, and easy to manage, while introducing students to keyboard and trackpad input and more robust capabilities.

By high school, students are moving into self-directed study, complex problem solving, and more advanced content creation. These students are often best supported with laptops, which may in turn be supplemented by desktops and workstations for working with more advanced software such as AutoCAD or the Adobe Creative Suite.

Designed for Learning

Form factor is important, but far from the only aspect you need to consider when it comes to selecting the best devices for your students:

Software – Learning management software, such as HP Classroom Manager, lets teachers take control of the classroom, manage devices, and easily communicate with students. Additionally, specialized applications provide access to extended learning experiences, allow students to perform hands-on science investigations, and deliver a plethora of digital resources.

Design – Devices need to be able to keep up with today’s highly nomadic students and withstand being stuffed into backpacks, bumped off desks and otherwise roughly handled. That’s why our Education Edition devices are built with advanced double-shot ABS cases and inset screens for extra durability.

Endurance – A mobile device that runs out of juice in the middle of the school day just won’t do. That’s why HP Education Edition devices all feature all-day battery life.

While there’s no “one size fits all” solution for education mobility, establishing the right foundations and selecting the right devices can put you on the path to delivering truly transformative learning experiences and helping your students achieve meaningful outcomes.

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