Understanding the impact of mobile devices in education
Creating an engaging learning environment is in part about providing the proper tools to empower students, while balancing the inherent challenges of supporting a student body and campus. As educational trends move toward 1:1 student device policies, integrating the sheer number of diverse devices into a workflow strategy can be daunting. In fact, most IT departments say they spend more than half their time deploying and preparing student devices. As technology continues to advance, educators must advance in turn by providing a school environment that successfully integrates diverse devices.
Mobile, mobile, and yes, mobile
Today, this technology is found most prominently in the form of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, as well as the technology that supports them. In centers of education worldwide, it is becoming vital to create a mobile friendly classroom.
About 61% of parents indicate a desire for their child to have access to their mobile devices in a school environment. At the same time, roughly 1 in every 3 mobile devices used in classrooms is administration-provided. And while support for mobile integration may be universal, it is up to IT staff to ensure these devices interact productively.
Trend watch: Connected classrooms: Mobile device access by age 
The way students interact and communicate with one another provides invaluable insight into better ways to communicate with them as a learning institution. Engaging them on the platforms and mediums on which they are already fluent can only facilitate a better, more natural learning experience. The device choices and platforms are diverse, but indicate a clear trend. Smart, connected mobile devices are increasingly prevalent in classrooms, popular among students of all ages.
One of the major barriers for the integration in the greater overall workflow is printing. Although movements like standardized curriculum and digital evaluation have prompted technological advancement in classrooms, printers that fail to meet the same progressive standards can create bottlenecks, and make a seamless learning experience impossible.
Whether in the way we work, learn or simply interact, mobile devices have considerably impacted the education landscape. Classrooms need to keep pace with smarter technology in order to create the best possible education environment.
Identifying the document needs of an integrated campus
Creating a mobile-friendly learning environment may seem like a straightforward mission, but achieving and maintaining this environment presents many unique challenges. Identifying the specific document management needs of your campus is integral to success.
To operate effectively, a school’s network and document solutions need to be as connected as its student body. Users will not only strive to connect and communicate with one another, but with educators. Whether through digital distribution of coursework via smart documents and cloud-based document services, or in the ability to print and edit resources freely and fluidly, mobile devices are major learning tools in today’s classroom. A connected and integrated network with mobile-friendly machines and cloud capabilities is vital.
From primary school to college campuses, every student body promises to be technologically diverse, with users of a wide range of learning styles and levels of tech fluency. An ideal printing and document management solution is one that is not only easy to integrate with technology, but with those who use it. Devices with intuitive interfaces, serverless capabilities and overall ease of use possess the important qualities necessary to ensure the tools in a learning environment do not become barriers
With a large and diverse group of students and administrators, the types of devices and documents are bound to be equally diverse. In sharing and interfacing, it’s important not to sacrifice security. 84% of IT executives identified the issue of device security as the most important factor influencing mobile integration policies.  A solution is only as good as its ability to protect the documents, information and users with which it interacts, and features such as user authentication and secure release pull-printing should not be undervalued.
Expert Opinion: School Administrators
In accommodating the sudden growth of mobile in school environments, simply striving to provide communal access to mobile devices isn’t always enough. Educators and administrators alike increasingly support the idea of a learning experience that integrates a student’s own mobile devices. Whereas even recently, smartphone usage in the classroom was taboo, personal devices are now being embraced.
We recognize the need to not only acknowledge the growth of mobile devices in centers of learning, but to embrace it. Through a real understanding of student needs, the ways they communicate and the platforms they use, we can help to develop a better way to work, and a better way to learn. Samsung Printing Solutions’ newest line of multifunction printers is evidence of a smarter approach, put into action.
As the first printers powered by Android™,connectivity and ease of use come standard. As the platform that represents 79% share of smartphones, and 62% share of tablets worldwide, it’s a way of working that promises to be familiar and intuitive. However, as an open source platform with a focus on flexible, easy integration and customization, it also allows for seamless interfacing with iOS, Windows and other popular mobile devices.
Designed to be integrative, interactive and intuitive, Samsung offers a printing solution that encourages your faculty and students alike to use their mobile devices, empowering them without sacrificing security.