As when you roll out any new school- or district-wide initiative, It is extremely important to know the audience for your mobile learning initiative. How will your teachers react to another technology initiative? How familiar are they with implementing technology in their classrooms? Do they own a smart phone? How do they use it? What professional development will they need to feel ready to take advantage of the potential of mobile devices? What kinds of technology are your students using? What are students using across the country, and what are they doing with it, and what would they like from you? Here are a few resources to help you find the answers, and we're including links to a couple of survey questions you can ask to get to know your own audience as you plan for mobile learning in your school or district.
ECAR recommends investigating your students' technology needs and preferences and then creating an action plan to better integrate technology into courses and information systems.
Pew Internet and American Life Project:
Getting to Know Your Own Audience
The two paragraphs pulled from this resource provided a quick overview.
"To know your audience you need information on them, either qualitative or quantitative.
This article states that "an integral part of defining your goals and objectives is determining your target audience(s). You can't define one without the other. In fact, you must have a well-defined target audience in order to know what content to develop and how best to get it to those you want to reach." It then goes on to describe some questions to ask before proceeding.
Consider modifying questions from this survey to reach your students
[Add a teacher survey here]
Understanding that parent support and engagement are integral to the success of an instructional technology initiative, Forsyth County Schools prepared this website describing 15 different technologies used in the education of their students.