Laptop required, and everyone brings a smartphone

If you have ever hosted a professional learning event or training for teachers, you likely called out in the invitation – laptop required – right?

And you still have to plan for when someone forgets their required laptop as well. Have you ever wondered, why do I need to require a laptop? And yet, everyone automatically brings their smartphone?

Teachers in Bring Your Own Devices/Technology (BYOD/T) settings find this to be true too. Middle and High schoolers skew this way. Why are phones more common than laptops? Does that mean anything? Is that good or bad?

And why do we continue to be surprised by this?

Why do I require a laptop? And yet, everyone automatically brings their smartphone? #edtech
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Over the last ten years, schools have evolved to deal with the increasing use of {smart}phones in class, but phones continue to be more ubiquitous than laptops. Even a BYOD revolution in public education did not overtake phone usage in schools.

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