With mobile devices, including cell phones, an irrevocable part of kids' lives, Whitby suggests that teachers need to become mobile-savvy as well if they hope to adequately prepare their students for success in the 21st century.
QR codes, an exciting medium for kids learning how to use mobile devices, including smartphones, are a natural tool for linking students to resources you want them to find. For more from Burns about using QR codes with parents, you may also want to read "Using Scannable Technology to Reach Parents Year Round."
Writing professor and researcher Grabill discusses a Michigan State University study which suggests that, although students spend much of their day with cell phone in hand, their "writing lives" are blossoming.
Holland of EdTechTeacher compares classroom use of the iPad to walking with a crutch -- in the best possible way. She demonstrates how this versatile tech tool lends itself to support, access, and mobility.
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in classrooms? In these curated guides, Burns has compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
Burns, recognizing that not all mobile users have iPhones, focuses on attention-grabbing Android apps for elementary and middle grades math and ELA, along with resources for streaming quality video content.
Davis shares a wealth of apps and platforms that can facilitate teaching and maximize learning within a BYOD classroom and school environment. She counts 51, and these are just her favorites! Also check out her "20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps."
Holland examines how we can effectively teach four essential skills -- communication, collaboration, connection and creation -- in a classroom where mobile devices are increasingly reflecting how students think and learn.
Here's a roundup of resources and organizations to help educators understand both the history and the new landscape of the digital divide, including how it relates to the use of mobile technology in the classroom.
Intrigued by the idea of using mobile devices for instructional purposes in the classroom? This playlist from VideoAmy will give you some tips and insights into the challenges and the promise of mobile learning.
Edutopia’s classroom guide, available as a downloadable PDF, will help you better understand how mobile gadgets -- cell phones, tablets, and smartphones -- can engage students and change their learning environment. Also be sure to join ongoing conversations about mobile learning and explore even more content on the mobile learning page.