A study conducted by American Software company, Adobe has revealed that 78% Indian teachers support mobile devices in class. Adobe’s study, ‘Transforming Education with Mobile and Digital Technology’ surveyed more than 1,000 educators representing 13 countries across Asia Pacific with India representing 22% of the sample surveyed.
The survey aims to measure the level of openness to, adoption and importance of mobile technology in the classroom to aid the teaching process. The findings reveal that contrary to being opposed to using technology in the classroom, school teachers in the APAC region welcomed using mobile devices. Many of them felt that students were very well-versed with using various mobile devices and were able to supplement their classroom instruction with information off the internet. Thus they believe that the teaching process in schools would benefit from the inclusion of such devices.
These are some of the ways mobile devices are used in classrooms in developed countries:
Adelaide Vaz, Director of Vidya Ankur International Education told The Times of India,
Students are now net savvy. They first surf the internet for information on any subject. Teachers need to train themselves to use technology. Students also comprehend faster.”
While many teachers supported the integration of mobile devices in the classroom, they also lamented the lack of accessibility to such technology. 83% of the Indian educators felt that access to digital tools and applications on mobile devices will help them better prepare their lesson plans and involve students in the process. However, they also feel that providing students with such devices will require institutional planning.
Identifying barriers to the successful implementation of mobile technology in Indian schools, 31% teachers felt integration of mobility with existing infrastructure was the main hurdle followed by 27% who felt laws and policies need to be further developed to support such change. Budget allocation (39%) was the biggest hurdle in other countries.
Kulmeet Bawa, Director Enterprise – South Asia, Adobe, said, “the challenge now is to provide support to enable greater mobile adoption. Educators and institutions need to work together to make this shift.” The study can be viewed here http://www.adobe-eduforum.com/2015/mobility