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

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. 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. In a 2009 survey, nearly 300,000 students stated their preference for the use of mobile devices. The Innovators Augmenting Reality

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Mobile Devices in the Classroom As cell phones—with ever-expanding possibilities of texting, Web browsing, and game playing—have multiplied in recent years among teenagers and even preteens, so have the concerns of teachers and administrators about the distractions these devices can cause. A survey of students and parents earlier this year by the group Common Sense Media found that almost 70 percent of schools around the country ban student cell phone use during the school day. But some districts and administrators are realizing the untapped potential of cell phones.

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. 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]

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. Exploring Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education Key Takeaways A university-wide survey on students' mobile learning practices showed that ownership of mobile devices is high among students and that tablets are the most popular devices for academic purposes. The survey also found that mobile learning typically occurs outside the classroom, with only limited guidance from instructors. To improve mobile learning effectiveness, students and instructors need help adopting more effective learning and teaching practices across content areas. Baiyun Chen and Aimee deNoyelles are instructional designers at the University of Central Florida.

From Distraction to Learning Tool: Mobile Devices in the Classroom Mobile | Feature From Distraction to Learning Tool: Mobile Devices in the Classroom A journalism professor at the University of Maryland is using tablets to engage his students. Once banned in the classroom, mobile devices are becoming more accepted as a teaching and learning tool. Yet teaching methods have not caught up with mobile's potential, according to Ron Yaros, assistant professor of new media and mobile journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. "Under the current methods of teaching in higher education, a mobile device can be a distraction rather than a helpful tool," said Yaros.

Smartphones as Learning Tools – UW Bothell Learning Technologies Blog Last Spring, we posted an article about using cell phones in the classroom. 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. Defining, Discussing and Evaluating Mobile Learning: The moving finger writes and having writ . . . . John Traxler University of Wolverhampton, UK Abstract Since the start of the current millennium, experience and expertise in the development and delivery of mobile learning have blossomed and a community of practice has evolved that is distinct from the established communities of 'tethered' e-Learning. This community is currently visible mainly through dedicated international conference series, of which MLEARN is the most prestigious, rather than through any dedicated journals. So far, these forms of development and delivery have focussed on short-term small-scale pilots and trials in the developed countries of Europe, North America, and the Pacific Rim, and there is a taxonomy emerging from these pilots and trials that suggests tacit and pragmatic conceptualisations of mobile learning. Such a base would provide the starting point for evaluation methodologies grounded in the unique attributes of mobile learning.

Benefits of Mobile Devices in the Classroom Mobile devices today are introducing exciting new possibilities when it comes to digital learning. For-profit Corporations are jumping on board, but the educational industry is largely leading the way for innovation in this space. When I mention mobile devices, I am largely referring to smartphones and tablets – I suppose an ultra-portable computer might fall into the same category, but personally I don’t see these as truly mobile (but I could see a case being made).

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. Cellphones in the Classroom: Distraction or Tool? The final version of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) was released last week, setting forth the Obama Administration's plan for improving access to and integration of technologies for teaching and learning. Among the recommendations the Department of Education makes in the NETP is a call for support for "efforts to ensure that all students and educators have 24/7 access to the Internet via devices, including mobile devices, and that states, districts, and schools adopt technologies and policies to enable leveraging the technology that students already have." The push for "24/7 access to the Internet" falls under another the auspices of yet another endeavor, the National Broadband Plan. But the call for better access to Internet-ready devices, particularly utilizing tools the students already possess is an interesting one. Because the device that is ubiquitous for American students isn't the desktop computer or the notebook or the netbook or the iPad.

Smartphones in Class: Learning Tool or Distraction? Walk around a college campus, and you’ll see students chatting, laughing… and plugged into their smartphones. 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? Cengage Learning wanted to find out as well, so we asked students and instructors about their experiences seeing, and using, smartphones in class. Thousands of students and instructors responded; we’ve shared the findings below.

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

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

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