78% Indian teachers support mobile devices in class
In a study conducted by an American software company, 78% Indian teachers support the idea of incorporating mobile technology in the education system. Titled ‘Transforming education with mobile and digital technology’, the survey was conducted among primary, secondary and high school teachers in 13 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region (APAC). India constituted 22% of the study sample.
According to the survey, 78% of Indian educators felt that the increase use of mobile devices will have a positive effect on the students. While 83% felt that accessibility to digital facilities while making lesson plans will help students comprehend information and concepts better. Among the other findings, 86% felt that institutions need to be equipped with better infrastructure to use the digital facilities.
Adelaide Vaz, Director of Vidya Ankur International Education said, “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.”
When asked about the hurdles that institutions in India have to overcome to implement mobile technology, 31% teachers felt that lack of integration of mobile and technology in the existing infrastructure is the biggest hurdle. While 27% think that laws and policies in the country are not conducive to use of mobile technology. The biggest hurdle among other countries was allocation of budget (39%).
The main aim of the study by Adobe was to assess the state and importance of mobile technology in classrooms. Kulmeet Bawa, Director Enterprise (South Asia), Adobe, said, “The challenge is to provide support to enable greater mobile adoption.”