Students tweeting in the back row driving you crazy? Some faculty members are suggesting we flip this by recognizing mobile devices as an educational tool that can enrich rather than distract the class. A few colleagues sent an article¹ to me on smartphones in the classroom. The author provides 44 suggestions on how the phone/tablet/laptop can be used to enrich the classroom experience for students and faculty. He categorizes them into 5 general categories, saying mobile devices in the classroom can be used to improve collaboration, communication, creation, coordination and curation. Setting the alliteration aside, the content is pretty good. What do you think?
A Few Notes on Access: According to a recent Harris Poll², college students nation-wide are well connected with regard to the digital world.
- 54% use a single mobile device during a typical school day
- 89% use a laptop for college-related work every week
- 56% use a smartphone for college-related work every week
- 33% use a tablet for college-related work on a weekly basis
- 96% have wireless Internet access at home
- 91% have wireless access on campus