Two weeks ago, I had the privilege to visit an elementary school in Arlington County, Virginia and witness kindergarteners and third graders using iPads and iTouches to practice writing letters, combining phonetic elements to make words, and adding coins to make $.25. As a former second grade teacher, I have to admit I was amazed at how facile these young students were with these devices, but not at all surprised at how engaged they were.
The next day I attended the Wireless EdTech Conference in Washington, DC. Here, I listened to Julie Evans of Project Tomorrow talk about the success of Project K-Nect in North Carolina, where high school algebra students who had access to extra practice problems and an ability to connect and collaborate with other students by using mobile technology in their class scored better than those without devices.
Julie was at the conference to launch the most recent paper in a series of reports she and Blackboard have teamed on for years – Learning in the 21st Century: Taking it Mobile! This report identifies key findings from her Speak Up 2009 Trends Report and from a series of interviews with innovative educators who are leveraging mobile devices for learning. Their cutting-edge stories illustrate emerging trends, implementation considerations and strategies for incorporating mobile learning initiatives in the classroom.
The ultimate finding from this report: students are taking increased responsibility for their learning with connected mobile devices and feel strongly about the potential for these devices to enhance their learning and to help them be more productive.
Are you using mobile technologies to teach? If so, tell us how!
To download the entire report, click here: Learning in the 21st Century: Taking it Mobile!