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.
For today's students, learning is a 24/7 enterprise.
Tom Daccord and Justin Reich
Devices alone can't reboot classroom practice, but using tablets with a purpose can.
To embrace the diversity of devices, establish new norms for responsible use.
From trolling to priming to feeling a false sense of privacy—the trickiness of digital discourse.
Jay McTighe and Tom March
How to use learning tools to acquire knowledge, make meaning, and transfer learning.
The reading experience changes for the better when students strategically use e-books.
Bradley A. Ermeling, James Hiebert and Ronald Gallimore
What research says about the elusive search for best practices.
Jeffrey P. Carpenter
Backchannel communication ramps up the level of teacher-student interaction.
Mark Warschauer and Tamara Tate
Recommendations for successfully implementing laptop and tablet initiatives.
The author selects his top-11 list of apps that add value to students' learning.
Columns / Departments
Reviews, research, and relevant reads.
Examining the research about multitasking.
Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey
How to help students concentrate, organize, collaborate. Watch the video.
Schools should calculate the TCO—total cost of ownership—for any technology purchase.
Thomas R. Hoerr
How to go with the flow without getting swept away.
Carol Ann Tomlinson
Mobile tech could blow open the classroom if we would only let it.