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Handheld Devices: Smartphones and Tablets
In the words of the ASCD article, “There’s a lot of promise here, but there are barriers to overcome to realize that promise.”
Make no mistake, smartphones will invade education. We now need to move on to “how do we best use them?”
During this century, currently unimaginable technologies will emerge to advance learning. Like Bob Tinker, it is our job to keep a lookout for applications of the technology to learning rather than wizardry.
In The 50 Best Smartphone Apps For Teachers Arranged By Category, Terry Heick discovers a seemingly endless collection of smartphone apps that teachers can put to work in the classroom and beyond, creating a powerhouse of back-to-school mobile tools. A great where-do-I-start resource. learn more
Besides suiting the needs of students of all ages, the best educational apps also cover a wealth of subjects and skills. Whether it’s academic subjects, such as math, science, foreign languages, literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, or professional skills, like data science, problem-solving, management, and communications, you’ll find educational and learning apps for any… learn more
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) has another look at the promise and issues surrounding smartphones and tablets in education. "There's a lot of promise here, but there are barriers to overcome to realize that promise." learn more
Sponsored by NASA, GLOBE Observer is an international network of citizen scientists and scientists working together to learn more about our shared environment and changing climate. To participate, you and your students can download the GLOBE Observer app and submit regular observations. GLOBE Observer currently accepts observations of Clouds, Mosquito Habitats, Land Cover and Trees… learn more
Bob Tinker, founder of the Concord Consortium, has pioneered the use of remote sensing devices, linked to computers, and hands-on physics experiments. (Activities for both these approaches are available from Concord as well as TERC, where Bob prototyped these projects.). Now he and his colleagues have turned their attention to the use of handheld computers… learn more