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How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom

How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
What is your school and classroom cell phone policy? Read these tips when devising an effective plan for student use of mobile phones of campus.
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Laptops in classrooms help students learn

Laptops in classrooms help students learn | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It turns out more screens might actually be a good thing for kids. A study from Michigan State University found students' learning improved when they were
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Bronx Science Bans Cellphones From Wi-Fi as Students Devour It

Bronx Science Bans Cellphones From Wi-Fi as Students Devour It | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Since New York City lifted its long-held prohibition on cellphones in schools, teenagers have been eating up their schools' bandwidth.
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N.Y.C. Schools to Open Doors to Student Cellphones

N.Y.C. Schools to Open Doors to Student Cellphones | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The country's largest school district plans to end its ban on student cellphones in schools, following the path of a growing number of districts.
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Punishing Students for Gadget Use Will Make Their Tech Etiquette Worse | Opinion | WIRED

Punishing Students for Gadget Use Will Make Their Tech Etiquette Worse | Opinion | WIRED | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At the start of this year, the President Barack Obama administration made a New Year’s resolution for schools nationwide. It urged them to drop the “zero tolerance” approach to discipline, joining a growing chorus of critics of policies that dispense serious punishments for small rule violations. The essence of zero tolerance is that normal but undesirable behavior counts as a strike against students. But the potential end of zero tolerance is also great news for a surprising part of society: the tech sector.
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Study: Most Students Use Digital Devices For Non-Class Purposes

Study: Most Students Use Digital Devices For Non-Class Purposes | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
More schools and universities are bringing technology into the classroom, but students admit to using it mostly for non-educational purposes.
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The Future of Tablets in Education: Potential Vs. Reality of Consuming Media | MindShift

The Future of Tablets in Education: Potential Vs. Reality of Consuming Media | MindShift | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

By Justin Reich 

Reich uses what he calls the "Someday/Monday template" to analyze how (and whether or not) iPads can be used by students to effectively conduct focused reading tasks.

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20 BYOD Resources For The 21st Century Schools

20 BYOD Resources For The 21st Century Schools | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

BYOD policies–Bring Your Own Device–allow schools to bring technology into the classroom with a “bottom-up” approach. Such an approach can save money, allow students to use their own devices, and encourage a student-centered approach to learning.


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BYOD will play a significant role in inquiry based learning.

Carol Koechlin's curator insight, April 4, 2013 1:27 PM

Making BYOD work will take everyone in the school community working together. The teacher librarian can take a leadership role in the Learning Commons

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Teens' tech getting very mobile: New study | NetFamilyNews.org

Teens' tech getting very mobile: New study | NetFamilyNews.org | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Very interesting data here about how teens are using connected devices at home (but we know that also means "at school") and how parenting (and teaching) has adjusted to these habits.  Check out the "Related Links."

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Report: More youth use smartphones as route to Web

Report: More youth use smartphones as route to Web | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Don't assume that the kid with the cell phone in their hand is "just texting" or "just playing a game": Pew Internet research reports that more and more, kids use their phone to access the web--and, along with its many distractions, the information and learning tools that are available online.

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7 management techniques for dealing with tech in the classroom

7 management techniques for dealing with tech in the classroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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Librarian Doug Johnson shares his tips for managing devices in the classroom--whether they're in the hands of students or colleagues.

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Marysville school switches from books to iPads

Marysville school switches from books to iPads | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

6th through 8th graders in a Washington State school system have exchanged textbooks for iPads.

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Are Schools Prepared to Let Students BYOD?

Are Schools Prepared to Let Students BYOD? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com.

In this blog post DeWitt offers suggestions and guiding questions for implementing BYOD policies.  He asserts that BYOD will soon become the norm and that it should be:  

"We have come to a time when we need to accept the fact that the concept of 21st century skills is no longer a progressive phase to latch onto but a reality that we need to instill into our school systems. When students bring their own devices it literally transforms the conversations that take place in the classroom. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of work for schools to be prepared for this to happen and that cannot be taken lightly."

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Should Smartphones Be Banned From Classrooms?

Should Smartphones Be Banned From Classrooms? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From middle schools to colleges, cellphones’ adverse effects on student achievement may outweigh their potential as a learning tool.
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Mobile Phones in the Classroom: Examining the Effects of Texting, Twitter, and Message Content on Student Learning

This study examined mobile phone use in the classroom by using an experimental design to study how message content (related or unrelated to class lecture) and message creation (responding to or creating a message) impact student learning. Participants in eight experimental groups and a control group watched a video lecture, took notes, and completed tests of student learning. The control and relevant message groups earned a 10–17% higher letter grade, scored 70% higher on recalling information, and scored 50% higher on note-taking than students who composed tweets or responded to irrelevant messages. Sending/receiving messages unrelated to class content negatively impacted learning and note-taking, while related messages did not appear to have a significant negative impact.
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5 Tools For The Device Agnostic Classroom - Edudemic

5 Tools For The Device Agnostic Classroom - Edudemic | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

“Device Agnostic” tools can alleviate the stress that is associated with student performance tasks in a BYOD.

“A device-agnostic mobile application (app), for example, is compatible with most operating systems and may also work on different types of devices, including notebooks, tablet PCs and smartphones.” – Margaret Rouse

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Why BYOD Makes Sense: Thinking Beyond a Standardized 1:1

Why BYOD Makes Sense: Thinking Beyond a Standardized 1:1 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

I don't necessarily agree with this for my own school, but I think it's worth reading this Boston writer's arguments. Especially now, when we're thinking about what to put into next year's budget.

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What Parents Want From Technology In The Classroom - Edudemic

What Parents Want From Technology In The Classroom - Edudemic | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here's an interesting perspective to take on technology in the classroom. A new report sheds some light on the people actually buying all that BYOD.
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How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Researchers observed students studying and documented the many media activities they engaged in while doing so.  Not surprisingly, their focus on the academic task was affected.

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Annie Murphy Paul, author of the MindShift article above, posts reactions to her article. The comments are written by teenagers: http://anniemurphypaul.com/2013/05/reaction-to-my-article-about-multitasking-and-learning/ and http://anniemurphypaul.com/2013/05/reaction-to-my-multitasking-article-the-teenagers-speak/
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Some Schools Urge Students to Bring Their Own Technology

Some Schools Urge Students to Bring Their Own Technology | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In a growing trend, school districts pressed for money are allowing students to bring their phones, laptop computers or tablets to be used in the classroom.
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The BYOT movement's socioeconomic problem

The BYOT movement's socioeconomic problem | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Bring Your Own Technology policies (aka Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD), are often adopted by school districts as a way to save money--but AJ Juliani argues that it is a fundamentally inequitable solution.

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Does the Smartphone Have a Place in the Classroom? -- THE Journal

Does the Smartphone Have a Place in the Classroom? -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
With an increasing number of social networks and technologies commanding more and more of our students' time and attention, are we too far gone to successfully integrate smartphones and mobile technologies into classroom learning?
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Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments

Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In my last post, I shared what we learned last year during our 1:1 iPad and Google Apps for Education launches. In this post, I’d like to dispel myths about 1:1 environments.
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Connecting Apps & Education

Connecting Apps & Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A few apps you may have missed, many you're already familiar with, all on a nifty infographic.

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