24 August 2009

Opinion piece on the value of mobile phones in schools

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Juliette LaMontagne argues on the Design Observer that mobile devices aren’t distractions in schools; they’re machines for learning.

“When it comes to technology integration, you need to meet students (and teachers) where they are. When you begin with a tool they already know and love, you’re less likely to be met with the kind of resistance you might otherwise get to institutional hardware or software. For teachers, eliminate the fear factor and you’ve empowered a previously disenfranchised group of self-professed Luddites. For students, who treat the cell phone like an appendage, you’re capitalizing on an existing passion for the technology.”

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