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BETT 2014: Balancing enablement and restriction in a connected classroom

  • Lanier Norville By

Mobile learning (or mLearning) is a double-edged sword. Mobile devices give teachers another way to interact with students both as a group and as individuals. But teachers recognize that mobile devices in the classroom have the potential to threaten their authority. To help educators harness the value of tablets as learning tools, AirWatch is expanding its portfolio of education solutions with a new management tool that lets teachers monitor and manage all tablets in the classroom in real time from any connected device.

The solution, which is appropriately named AirWatch® Teacher Tools™, debuted this week at BETT, where Preston Winn, AirWatch’s director of business development in education, moderated a panel earlier today with educators who are leveraging AirWatch’s education portfolio. The session, Graduating to a Collaborative and Connected mLearning Environment in the Classroom, featured Iain C. Morrison, Academic Depute at Lomond School; David Burns, Network Services Manager at Harrogate Grammar; and Paul Dunleavy, IT Director at Dragon School.

The panelists discussed using mobile devices as an enhancement tool and a new way to connect students with the world. The conversation focused on use cases both during school and in extracurricular activities, and on tablets as a way to introduce students to collaboration methods that will become useful later in their future employment. The panelists also discussed challenges, such as determining how much freedom users should have, securing funding and ensuring technical integration, ultimately agreeing that the benefits of both collaboration and the personalization of learning far outweigh the challenges.

Echoing those sentiments is Dana Willis, AirWatch’s Director of Education Enterprise Sales, who sat down with AirWatch TV this week to discuss how AirWatch is helping students at all levels associate mobility with productivity. Watch the video below.

Lanier Norville

Lanier Norville

Lanier Norville has been writing and editing for online publications for six years. Before joining AirWatch, she was the editor of three medical technology magazines including the award-winning publication TechNation.

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