The recent trends in education technology indicates that the landscape is forever shifting as digital advancements carve new twists and turns. There lately has been an increase in use of portable technology tools for learning. Mobile devices such as smartphones and iPods, still considered as undesirable by many schools, are now viewed by an increasing number of teachers and administrators as cost-effective tools to build and sustain 1-to-1 computing programs.
Increasing number of schools are handing out laptops or netbooks to students to use in school, a mobile-learning commitment that mirrors what is happening in higher education and the professional world. Other schools are concluding that they need to take advantage of the ubiquitous presence of technology by having parents supply laptop computers for their children, even if that requires working through some difficult issues about equality of access for students whose parents cannot afford those purchases.