The best devices are only as good as their battery charge. For educators and students carrying mobile devices, getting through a classroom day, about 6 hours, and hopefully more, is always a challenge. It’s not quite like conserving water for a journey across a desert, but without a device that is a battery camel, digital learning life can be a disaster of student downtime, which today is unacceptable. And if there’s no power, not even the most powerful digital learning tools are useable.
With school districts determining how to stay within a limited or fixed budget and meet new technology learning goals, as well as Common Core or Computer Programming/ICT requirements, school tech devices purchased, leased, or BYOT must be battery strong. There is no way school districts can afford to fill drawers, like so many consumers, with digital devices that didn’t quite meet usage needs. That kind of upgrading luxury is unheard of in schools. So, while applications, response learning features, ease of use, and quick to discover WiFi are certainly on the list of must haves, the power of the battery is a crucial. Mobile devices in the hands of students and educators must be battery camels.