Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Press 1 for Learning

New Zealand teacher Toni Twiss weighs in with this bold suggestion for what to do with students’ mobile devices: Turn ‘em on! Where others see distractions or worry about surreptitious videotaping of teachers-run-amok, this secondary teacher has no qualms about students harnessing their mobile devices for learning. She offers plenty of examples, ending with how she and her phone-wielding students are loading up their mobiles with everything from street maps to German phrases as they prep for an extended trip to Europe.

Wes Fryer and Ewan McIntosh are two others who see learning potential when they consider the ubiquity of mobile devices. All three educators emphasize the importance of teaching students to use this technology responsibly. Sounds like a perfect opportunity for meaningful learning.

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