How Digital Learning Devices Are Being Used In Education

Classrooms going digital bring both the good and the bad. Smaller mounds of paperwork and easy document storage (no more ‘dog ate my homework!’ or equally ridiculous excuses) fall on the good side of things. The necessity of teaching things like digital citizenship, the plethora of distractions online or the expense of digital devices might fall on the other side of things. But all of this is moot if your students don’t have access to the digital devices you’d like to employ in your classroom.

The handy infographic below takes a look at the current state of access, and some examples of different options to improve access. Which model does your school use? Do you think it was/is the right choice? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

Student Access to Digital Learning Devices

The quality of devices at schools is uneven and insufficient for today’s learning needs. Devices need to support high quality multimedia content, personalized online learning, and next generation assessments

At home and at work, access to a variety of devices varies. On the upper end, 88% of Americans have a personal cell phone. On the lower end, only 29% have an e-reader, and 57% have a laptop.

When you start talking about schools, 80% of schools say their broadband access is inadequate for what they want to do with it. Even worse, the ratio of students to computers with internet access in schools is 3:1. 

Three different models are being used to fund better access for students: The state/district model, the parent pay model, and a mixed model.

In the state/district model, the state, district (or school, in cases of private schools) pay for the technology.

In the parent pay model, parents either buy or lease the technology (and are required to).

In the mixed model, a combination of state funding, parent spending, and BYOD policies to get students the technology.