In case you missed it, ASCD's Ed Leadership magazine has an entire issue dedicated to "Teaching with Mobile Tech." My Teaching Gen Text co-author and I had the opportunity to contribute.
Here is an excerpt:
Teaching with Cell Phones
Research suggests that students are eager to use their cell phones for learning. Are schools ready to catch up?
Cell phones need not be a distraction in schools. Instead, they can be tools for sustaining engagement, supporting real-world cooperative learning, and empowering learning on the go.
Students already know this. According to a Project Tomorrow survey (2013), 78 percent of middle school students say they use their cell phone to check grades; 69 percent credit it with helping them take class notes; 64 percent enjoy its aid in accessing online textbooks; 56 percent say it helps them write papers and do homework; and 47 percent say it helps them learn about school activities. If students are doing all these things on their own, just think how much more they can accomplish when educators incorporate cell phones into instruction.
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Perspectives / Let Them Be Awesome
A Vision for Mobile Learning: More Verbs, Fewer Nouns
For today's students, learning is a 24/7 enterprise.
How to Transform Teaching with Tablets
Tom Daccord and Justin Reich
Devices alone can't reboot classroom practice, but using tablets with a purpose can.
Five Tips for Managing Mobile Devices
To embrace the diversity of devices, establish new norms for responsible use.
What's Behind Bad Behavior on the Web?
From trolling to priming to feeling a false sense of privacy—the trickiness of digital discourse.
Choosing Apps by Design
Jay McTighe and Tom March
How to use learning tools to acquire knowledge, make meaning, and transfer learning.
The Learning Potential of e-Books
The reading experience changes for the better when students strategically use e-books.
Special Topic / "Best Practice"—The Enemy of Better Teaching
Bradley A. Ermeling, James Hiebert and Ronald Gallimore
What research says about the elusive search for best practices.
Digital Backchannels: Giving Every Student a Voice
Jeffrey P. Carpenter
Backchannel communication ramps up the level of teacher-student interaction.
Going One-to-One, 2.0
Mark Warschauer and Tamara Tate
Recommendations for successfully implementing laptop and tablet initiatives.
Apps, Apps Everywhere: Are Any Good, You Think?
The author selects his top-11 list of apps that add value to students' learning.
Columns / Departments
Reviews, research, and relevant reads.
Research Says / Mobile Devices: Driving Us to Distraction?
Examining the research about multitasking.
Show & Tell: A Video Column / Three Lessons About Going Digital
Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey
How to help students concentrate, organize, collaborate. Watch the video.
Power Up! / Choosing the Right Device
Schools should calculate the TCO—total cost of ownership—for any technology purchase.
Principal Connection / Riding the Technology Wave
Thomas R. Hoerr
How to go with the flow without getting swept away.
One to Grow On / Mobile Tech: Great Potential, Great Challenges
Carol Ann Tomlinson
Mobile tech could blow open the classroom if we would only let it.
Tell Me About … / How You're Using Mobile Technology
Student Takes: How Does Technology Improve Learning?
Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.
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