THE Journal's Mobile Computing + Augmented & Virtual Reality Resources

Here you'll find articles covering 1-to-1 computing, BYOD, augmented and virtual reality and all things mobile! Topics range from strategies for managing devices to news and reviews about new hardware and software.


Georgia District Deploys 36,000 1-to-1 Devices in 2 Months

Henry County Schools began its rollout of 1-to-1 technology in grades 3-12 in mid-August 2017, taking an average of two hours per school across the 53 elementaries, middle schools, high schools and academies.

Chromebooks or Smartphones? 1-to-1 or BYOD? Why Not Both?

As many high schoolers are using their personal devices in class as school-issued Chromebooks. According to new data released this fall, more than half — 58 percent — reported using their personal devices in the classroom for school-related activities; a similar percentage (56 percent) are using school-issued Chromebooks.

Report: Tablets Decline in 3rd Quarter

Increased demand for smartphones, a lengthening replacement cycle for tablets and an improving position for traditional PCs has left tablets in a tough position.

Students Write More, Write Better on the Computer: Rigorously Supported!

Singer and Ivory, in their Nov. 4 New York Times article, made a major mis-speak: "... there is little rigorous evidence so far to indicate that using computers in class improves educational results." In this week’s blog post we identify research that addresses Singer and Ivory’s concern, as well as documenting the fact that K-12 students write more and write better when using a computer.

Microsoft Intros Immersive Reader in Word for iPad, Other Accessibility Updates

Microsoft has introduced new updates to improve accessibility and inclusivity across a range of education tools.

IT Staff Support is Critical for Success in 1-to-1 Classrooms

Educators typically have mixed views on their school’s IT staff — to put it mildly. In order to better understand IT staff’s priorities, responsibilities and resources, we lunched with them recently. Our eyes were opened by those conversations!

Report: 2 in 5 Kids 8 and Under Have Their Own Tablets

Nearly half — 42 percent — of children eight years old or younger have their own tablet. That number is up from just 1 percent in 2011.

Online Guide Helps Students Learn How to Create Immersive Media

Among the topics: how to identify the "big ideas" worth exploring and personalize them; how to do 360-degree recording and handle pre-production, production and post-production; and how to share the film "with the world" and assess its impact. There's also an educator resource on integrating video production into the curriculum.

Kajeet Updates SmartBus with New Router, More Networks

Kajeet has updated its filtered WiFi hotspot for schools buses, the SmartBus, to allow for more connected devices, offer faster speeds and more.

Report: VR and AR Headsets to See 50% Growth Every Year Through 2021

Global shipments of augmented reality and virtual reality headsets will hit 13.7 million units this year as they ride a compound annual growth rate of 56.1 percent on their way to 81.2 million shipments in 2021, according to a new forecast.

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