10 quick thoughts on mobile phones in schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

A few quick thoughts… Most people realize that mobile phones are actually mobile computers. Students know that mobile phones are powerful learning devices. When students use mobile phones despite our bans, maybe they’re not defiant.

Make your LMS a social learning platform

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vivek Singh, education professional and contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher, has some interesting ideas on using your native LMS as a social learning platform. Education, thus, has its roots in the earliest social interactions. What makes your LMS a social learning platform?

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#LearningIs mobile

Learning with 'e's

Much was discussed during the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris. The image presented here was ironic, appearing as it did on the door to the main venue of the conference, but as several pointed out, the device in the image is a reference to a bygone age when mobile phones were primitive.

Distributed groups and mobile technology

Connecting 2 the World

How has mobile technology affected distributed groups? In a recent chapter I wrote about mobile technology, researchers (Ladner, 2008; Julsrud & Bakke, 2009) found that there is a blurring of the lines between work and home life. In any work team, individuals want to present a social identity that will make collaboration easier. In addition, a team prospers from members accessing the social and knowledge networks of other group members.

Can Mobile Technology Help Us Be More Mindful?

Reading By Example

A product called Spire came across one of my social media feeds today. To answer the question, “Can mobile technology help us be more mindful?”, I consider my own mobile tech use. The context determines the outcome.

Are You Ready for Generation Z

The Game Agency

They want to know that their work provides a social purpose and mission. Make sure you have a great website and active social media to attract talent. Are they all optimized for mobile? Generation Z refers to the group born between 1995 and 2010 and currently represents the largest population sector. They make up about 24% of the population (compared to Millennials representing about 22%, Gen X at 19% and Baby Boomers at 23%).

The 2014 ASCD Annual Conference: There is Hope

Philly Teacher

Social Media and Connected Learning. Now, it seems, many educators and school leaders realize that they have no choice but to get on board with social media, and they are exploring the tool. conference edcamp PBL reflection social media technology

Boosting Digital Literacies for a Purpose

Digital Promise

These skills include the ability to navigate, interpret information, generate information, and communicate online and through mobile devices. Literacy skills related to connections involve the ability to use online social and professional networks, like Instagram, WhatsApp, or LinkedIn.

K-12 Dealmaking: GreatSchools Acquires Schoolie; n2y, Thrivist Gain Funding

Marketplace K-12

based Thrivist said its platform “enables schools to develop, deliver, and manage online learning and leverage learning analytics to improve outcomes,” according to the company, which notes that software is offered via a software-as-a-service model and is being used in more than 25 school districts. Marketplace K-12 Fundraising K-12 dealmaking Social Media software as a service

The 2014 ASCD Annual Conference: There is Hope

Philly Teacher

Social Media and Connected Learning. Now, it seems, many educators and school leaders realize that they have no choice but to get on board with social media, and they are exploring the tool. technology conference social media reflection edcamp PBL

The changing Web

Learning with 'e's

Social media - often referred to as Web 2.0 , or the participatory Web - is shaping up to be one of the most important tool sets available to support the promotion of change in education. Essentially, the Web has become more social.

The current ways m-learning is making online education better


Through mobile phones and tablets, of course. Mobile devices in the classroom: from foe to friend. The use of mobile devices in an educational setting like the classroom was received with the typical resistance to change of the system.

Teaching students how to manage digital distractions


Others claim that emotional support and social engagement are the primary drivers of using social media more often. banning mobile phones improves outcomes for the low-achieving students the most and has no significant impact on high achievers.

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The Vital Role of Digital Leadership in Transforming Education

A Principal's Reflections

Here are some of my thoughts from 2013 , which have aged nicely: Digital leadership considers recent changes such as ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization. Social media is a great tool that everyone has access to use.

Pushing the Limits on Instagram in 2018

The Christensen Institute

Join the crowd of about 1 billion others who made Instagram the fastest growing social network in history. According to social media speaker and Instagram trainer Peg Fitzpatrick, there is not a right or wrong Instagram aesthetic. To comments To engagement To outcomes. ?

Digital Citizenship: The Critical Call To Educate and Prepare 21st-Century Learners

EdNews Daily

Today’s youth are digital natives who are unaware of life without Internet access, instant communication, mobile phones and an abundance of on-demand information sitting in their pockets. Among these “mobile teens,” 94% go online daily or more often. By: Robyn Shulman, M.Ed.

Using WSQ forms to improve impact of Flipped Classroom tasks


He is passionate about using educational technology to improve outcomes for both students and teachers in all subject areas and in collaborating with other international educators through social media.

Blended Instruction vs Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Schools continue to make investments in technology to engage students better, improve outcomes, and prepare all learners for the new world of work. The use of mobile technology and flexible seating provides students choices as to where they will learn.

How complex is learning?

Learning with 'e's

The advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the flipped classroom, games based learning, social media and mobile learning - on the face of it - seems to herald a new dawn for education. Learning is highly complex.

The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way Schools Are Keeping Students Off Tech


A growing number of entertainers, including Chapelle and musicians Jack White and John Mayer, prohibit the use of mobile devices during their performances. But some studies suggest there’s a correlation between cell phone bans and better learning outcomes.

8 Wonderful Websites for Easy Coding Activities for Any Age or Level!

Teacher Reboot Camp

The Hour of Code website has tons of ready to go online activities that get students to write code that results in a number of cool outcomes, such as making a monster dance, creating avatars, remixing music or making a game. First in the series, Hour of Code Ideas !

The EdTech Disconnect

The Christensen Institute

This is the second post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. Children likewise rely increasingly on mobile technology and social media to stay in touch with one another.

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Any colour you like: Learner autonomy and choice

Learning with 'e's

Often, a stated objective is better represented as an outcome or even a process. autonomy e-reader education flipped classroom Games console intrinsic learning MOOC motivation smart mobile student choice Technology

Managing Smartphone Distractions in the Classroom


Laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, and even cell phones are providing students with opportunities to access the internet for researching, communicating and social learning. Technology has become an integral element in our students’ educational journey.

Making a Global Impact in Education: An Interview with Karl Mehta, CEO of EdCast

EdNews Daily

EdCast is a social knowledge network built in an effort to enhance our ability to collaborate and learn. Karl Mehta and his team are passionate about the global impact of mobile and online education. EdCast.com is a social learning knowledge network open to the public.

Mindsets for a Bold New World #LT8Keys

A Principal's Reflections

I helped write the district policy blocking social media and at the school level made sure no mobile devices were seen or heard. For sustainable change to take root and flourish there must be a belief that our actions can significantly improve outcomes.

Speed Traps (Or the cost and benefits of technology)

Reading By Example

The trappings of our fast-paced world that comes with social media and information available at any time have negative outcomes. Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash. We were heading home from a family gathering along the interstate.

Blackboard launches New Learning Experience platform

eSchool News

Last year we introduced our vision of putting the learner at the center of everything we do, and it’s exciting to deliver on that vision so that our K-12 customers can focus on improving student outcomes.

The Human EdTech for Diversity

EdNews Daily

Second, social-emotional learning is the single biggest tech trend in software. . Now equity means mobile access with machines allocated, internet, and abundant resources for all. She is also the founder of Knowstory , a new social media site just for education.

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Why Teacher Recruitment Needs to Change

Insight Education Group

We also know that teacher quality has a greater impact on student outcomes than any other factor, including race, socioeconomic status, and prior academic record. In addition, 45% of job seekers use their mobile devices every day in their job search.

Top 10 Google Classroom Updates for Back to School!


Cross-posted from Google for Education Blog We’ve seen educators do incredible things with G Suite for Education tools : creatively teach classroom material, collaborate with students, and design innovative assignments to achieve meaningful outcomes.

10 ways Google is making Classroom and Forms easier for teachers this school year

eSchool News

We’ve seen educators do incredible things with G Suite for Education tools: creatively teach classroom material, collaborate with students, and design innovative assignments to achieve meaningful outcomes.

My manifesto for the coming school year: flexible resilience & finding what’s best for teachers and kids

The Cornerstone for Teachers

You know up until this point, if you’re subscribed to my email list or if you follow me on social media, that I’ve been advocating for teachers to use this first part of your summer break to rest and recuperate.

Design thinking fast-tracks collaboration at the University of Ottawa


The team knew, of course, that mobile devices are everything to students. The session had other outcomes that the team didn’t anticipate. Someone on the university’s social media team came to the session. Two hours. Over 70 students. A whole lot of pizza.

What Kids Need for Optimal Health and School Engagement


For tweens and teens it can also include some time spent on social media. Other studies have also linked participation in extracurricular activities to positive social and academic outcomes (Mahoney et al.,