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Erin Scott By Jennifer Carey A good rule of thumb for any classroom use of cellphones: the lesson/activity must be engaging as well as productive.
Edutopia has recently featured a great guide on the use of mobile gadgets to improve learning in the classroom. This is basically a 10- page PDF downloadable for free and that can help you learn more about how mobile technology devices such as tablets, smartphones, and e-readers are transforming education and how you can use them to create a healthy interactive environment inside your classroom and get your students engaged on multiple levels. Let me quote for you an abstract from the guide : " CELL PHONES IN THE CL A SSROOM: A BOON OR BLIGHT? It’s a question many educators are facing these days.
The use of mobile technology has opened up a whole new world in education. Terms like BYOD (bring your own device) is a common place occurrence. These devices has allowed educators and students to learn, teach, and study in a whole new way. Learning is no longer limited to the classroom and can occur in real-time almost anywhere.
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Planning is imperative for any technology initiative - iPad or otherwise. You need to ensure that you clearly understand and communicate how the technology integrates with your overall pedagogical objectives. Too many institutions purchase technology and then search for ways to utilize it ... or leave it collecting dust on the shelf. Planning needs to consider both infrastructure needs and the educational applications of the new technology. Without the proper preparation, technology initiatives are liable to become expensive failures. Campus Infrastructure Considerations