Technology Integration

Mobile Learning: Resource Roundup

Smartphones, tablets, e-readers — today’s students have a variety of mobile technologies at their fingertips. Here’s a look at some mobile-learning resources from Edutopia and around the web.

September 13, 2012 Updated October 13, 2014

Mobile Phones: Classroom Tool or Invasive Nuisance?

  • A Mobile Dilemma, by Tom Whitby (2014)

    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.

  • Accessing Multimedia Using QR Codes, by Monica Burns (2014)

    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."

  • Is the Cell Phone the New Pencil? by Jeff Grabill (2012)

    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.

  • Mobile Learning Support for New Teachers, by Lisa Dabbs (2012)

    With an emphasis on cell phones, Dabbs offers a few good resources for new teachers interested in bringing mobile learning to their classrooms.

Books of the Future -- Kindles, Nooks, and other E-Readers

Tablets in the Classroom

  • The First 5s With iPads, by Beth Holland (2014)

    When introducing new technology in a 1:1 classroom, consider breaking the lessons and tasks into small increments with easily measurable products and goals.

  • iPad Be Nimble, iPad Be Quick, by Matt Levinson (2014)

    Levinson explains how iPads can accelerate student workflow, why they're not replacements for laptops, and ways in which they can serve a wider range of learners, learning styles, and modalities.

  • Options Increase as Google Enters the Educational Market, by Andrew Marcinek (2014)

    Marcinek offers a technology director's perspective of Google as an emerging player in the ed tech market and the expanded options it brings to his district's 1:1 program.

  • 6 Things We Know for Sure With iPads in School, by Jennifer Krzystowczyk (2013)

    Krzystowczyk, an Apple Certified Trainer, shares the six proven benefits of district-wide iPad integration in Bellevue, Nebraska.

  • iPads: From Pedagogical Crutch to Education Innovation, by Beth Holland (2013)

    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.

Mobile Apps for Learning

  • Using iPads in Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12, by Monica Burns (2014)

    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.

  • Android Apps: Math, ELA, and Video Streaming, by Monica Burns (2014)

    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.

  • 5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices, by Monica Burns (2014)

    Burns reviews five movie-making apps for iOS devices and Android tablets, highlighting their no-to-low cost, ease of use, and the wide range of professional-looking products that students can create.

  • Top 5 iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas, by Andrew Marcinek (2013)

    Marcinek describes the versatility of his five favorite iPad apps and makes a case for using them to replace the dreaded back-to-school shopping list.

  • Apps for Note-Taking With iPads, by Beth Holland (2013)

    Holland of EdTechTeacher explains how taking in-class notes with iPads can address a wide variety of learning styles and help students make deeper connections with the material.

  • Create Engaging Presentations With Free iPad Apps, by Monica Burns (2013)

    Burns recommends some of her favorite free iPad apps that help teachers and students create engaging presentations.

Bring Your Own (Mobile) Device (BYOD)

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