Edutopia has produced a new 10-page PDF guide to mobile learning in the classroom. Teachers can download the Google-sponsored guide to learn more about how the use of tablets, e-readers and smartphones are changing the classroom environment and engaging students on multiple levels.
“Mobile devices are becoming as essential to students’ daily lives as, say, breakfast,” the guide opens, before offering some statistics about teen cell phone use and launching into the benefits of bringing mobile devices into the classroom. According to Lucy Gray of the Consortium for School Networking, mobile devices can lead to “measurable learning benefits.” The nonprofit organization Project Tomorrow which gave teens the chance to use mobile devices for learning reported that “almost two-thirds of the students are taking additional math courses, and over 50 percent are now thinking about a career in the math field as a result of participating in (the) project” and are “demonstrating a greater responsibility for their learning and developing more collaborative learning skills.”
The guide is a useful tool for teachers skeptical about embracing the technology or administrators curious about the benefits it can bring to the classroom. There are a number of resources and quick links to the writing of educators and authors who have performed research about BYOD and other forms of digital learning, and recommendations for the best apps to use.
If you’re a teacher curious about this growing trend, this is a must-download. Click the image below to get going. And while you’re at it, why don’t you shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share with me how you use mobile devices for learning. I’d love to hear from you.