Do you Welcome Mobile Devices in the Classroom?

April 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

While participating in the Educause 5 Day Sprint on Mobile Computing, I spotted a heated discussion in the IdeaScale. The IdeaScale is used to capture ideas from attendees and allow other attendees to comment and rank the ideas. The following idea was presented:

Instructors will welcome mobile devices in the classroom.

Rather than use dedicated devices (clickers, for example), instructors will build mobile pedagogy into the curriculum and allow/encourage/require students to use mobile devices (their own or borrowed from the institution or a fellow student) to contribute to in-class discussions or respond to topical polls/questions. [source]


This idea quickly met strong varying view points by the attendees, and it raised a few questions:

Do you welcome mobile devices in the classroom?

Will you replace dedicated devices (clickers) with mobile technology?

I am posing this discussion to anyone who reads this article. What do you think?


        

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