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The importance of mobile devices as an instrument for education

Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning. Technology ushers in fundamental structural changes that can be integral to achieving significant improvements in productivity.

Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning

Used to support both teaching and learning, technology infuses classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computers and hand held devices; expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials; supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; builds 21st century skills; increases student engagement and motivation; and accelerates learning. Technology also has the power to transform teaching by ushering in a new model of connected teaching. This model links teachers to their students and to professional content, resources, and systems to help them improve their own instruction and personalize learning.

The links on this page are provided for users convenience and are not an endorsement. See full disclaimer. Full-time online schools: The following online or virtual schools enroll students on a full-time basis. State operated District operated. The Smartphone to Replace Education? - Prof. Sugata Mitra, Newcastle University. Smartphone as Tools for Education: Getting Smart With Smartphone. Mobile Devices in Teaching and Learning. How Will Mobile Innovation Transform Education... and Help Launch Students into Space? Prof. Shimon Schocken - Using mobile devices to transform early age math education. Yes, it’s time to embrace cell phones in class. In 2007, an excellent educator who was known for incorporating technology into his classes advised me not to assign YouTube videos to my students.

Yes, it’s time to embrace cell phones in class

“It has too much of a distracting quality,” he said. “You may do better to stay away from it.” His concerns made sense. YouTube was not yet two years old at the time, and people were still enamored with the idea of watching videos of funny household pets whenever they wanted. It was hard to see the website as anything but a distraction. It’s common for educators to steer clear of new technologies when they are first presented. My colleague was very “pro tech,” but because he could not see how YouTube videos could be a successful tool, he concluded it would be more of a distraction than anything. But teachers do eventually figure out successful approaches and, before you know it, the technology becomes a part of the learning experience everywhere. These concerns are completely understandable.

Should We Allow Cell Phones in School? Benefits of Smartphones. Are cellphones in the classroom a good idea?

Should We Allow Cell Phones in School? Benefits of Smartphones

Does this device serve as a valid learning tool or just as another distraction contributing to the social disengagement of children? Smartphone ownership Cellphones have come a long way since the two-pound, $3,995 Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was first introduced in 1984. Subsequent generations of mobile phones continued to evolve and became more affordable and portable, and offered even more value beyond a means to call others. The Original DynaTAC 8000X–not exactly our idea of portable. The advent and widespread adoption of the smartphone — essentially a miniature, portable computer — has shifted the playing field even more dramatically. Despite the ongoing discussion surrounding the efficacy of digital devices in the classroom, schools must face the fact that smartphones are already being utilized by students of all ages.

App availability. Using Smartphones in the Classroom. By Edward Graham Found in: Advice and Support Ken Halla knows a thing or two about using technology in the classroom.

Using Smartphones in the Classroom

For the past 5 years, the 22-year teaching veteran has worked to transition his ninth-grade World History and AP Government classrooms into a mobile device-friendly environment where students can incorporate the latest technology into the learning process. Along the way, Halla created three of the most used education blogs in the country—“World History Teachers Blog,” “US Government Teachers Blog,” and “US History Teachers Blog”—to help fellow humanities teachers incorporate more technology and more device-based learning into their own classrooms. Smartphones in Class: Learning Tool or Distraction? Walk around a college campus, and you’ll see students chatting, laughing… and plugged into their smartphones.

Smartphones in Class: Learning Tool or Distraction?

Clearly, students enjoy engaging with these interactive, trendy tech tools. You know smartphones are popular. But have you been wondering what kind of effect they have in the classroom? Smartphones as Tools for Education - eCycle Best. Introduction The smartphone owner population is growing. Multi-functionality, portability, and connectivity are opening doors for learning. No wonder students harness smartphone technology to help them in education.

These tiny pocket computers keep students connected to the Internet, improving their academics. However, many students are oblivious to the power in their hands; the power of educational apps, the potential for success. Smartphones as Learning Tools – UW Bothell Learning Technologies Blog. Last Spring, we posted an article about using cell phones in the classroom.

Smartphones as Learning Tools – UW Bothell Learning Technologies Blog

Nearly every student, staff and faculty member has one, and in the past years there’s been a push to harness the technology for educational enhancement. But now an even more advanced mobile technology is becoming ubiquitous–smartphones. There are now 91.4 million smartphones in the United States, and many students are the proud owners of these devices. In addition to standard cell phone features of calling and texting, smartphones make it easy to browse the web, play games, check the news, study for a test, and much more all thanks to different applications that can be installed on the phone.

With technology constantly advancing, it may be only a matter of time until cell phones are replaced completely by smartphones. But the dilemma with smartphones in the classroom is similar to laptops in the classroom. Don’t like the idea of smartphones? Teaching with Technology - Mobile Devices in the Classroom. For years, tablets have enriched our lives at work and at home, allowing us to stay connected and access information with unprecedented ease.

Teaching with Technology - Mobile Devices in the Classroom

But they’re also playing a growing role in the classroom, upending traditional models of learning. [tweet_quote]Can mobile devices reshape education for the better? [/tweet_quote] Any parent can tell you that kids are prone to distraction, especially when you put mobile devices in their hands. Yet, research from Project Red suggests that in a classroom setting these technologies can have the opposite effect, helping young students engage with academic subjects and making them more eager to learn. That’s one of the reasons why educators are beginning to embrace tablets as learning tools. “Schools are definitely adopting mobile technology for students across the board,” said Elizabeth Crawford, who handles education marketing and strategy at Intel.

“It’s preparing them with the 21st century skills they’ll need in today’s workforce,” said Crawford. Education Update:Make Parents Your Partners:Can Mobile Devices Transform Education? The popularity of smartphones, including Droids, iPhones, and BlackBerries, that now have GPS, texting, voice, and multimedia capabilities has prompted industry and education reformers to shine the light on these mobile devices as vehicles suitable for transforming K–12 learning for the 21st century.

Education Update:Make Parents Your Partners:Can Mobile Devices Transform Education?

Although they present challenges as well as potential benefits, education experts reason that these powerful small computers motivate students; provide constant access to the wealth of knowledge, tools, and experts on the web; and are cheaper and more plentiful than laptops or desktop workstations. "A big choice for us is: we have this very flexible tool, much more like a Swiss army knife than a hammer. What do we want to use it for? " says Christopher Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.

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