Dean Shareski states in a blog written in 2010, that bringing your own device is "about helping students use the tools and gifts they have at their disposal, maximizing that potential and showing them new possibilities as well." A response posted, by Cary Harrod, "What I know for sure is my district will never be able to afford a 1:1 and quite frankly, I’m no longer sure that’s the answer anyway. Instead, I’d much rather focus on finding ways to increase access to the tools needed to help support learning."
In what ways do you use mobile devices to support learning? Do your students bring their own device to school? Do you harness the power this gives your students? Do they use the device in all subject areas? Does the device allow them to access and organize information? Does the device connect them with teachers and other students? Does the device provide them the freedom to create multi-media projects?
eSchool News published a "Special Report: Teaching with digital apps" (September 2013) that addresses the difficulty teachers encounter in finding high-quality digital apps and ways teachers are integrating them into their classroom instruction.
Do any of the suggestions mentioned in this article spark ideas on how you can incorporate digital apps in your teaching?
According to an article in eSchool News (September 3, 2013), "In constructing ed-tech professional development, the focus should not be on teaching apps, but on helping educators grasp the possibilities inherent in mobile, personalized, and differentiated learning environments."
Read more in "Helping teachers grasp mobile learning’s possibilities" to find out how to integrate technology in the classroom and nurture essential skills in a digital age. Mobile learning empowers students "to assume more control over their learning and demonstrate understanding through various media." This helps students become proactive consumers and creative problem solvers.
Do you see additional ways to incorporate mobile learning in your teaching after reading this article?