The technology they use in their personal lives just makes sense for use in their learning as well. If a student badly wanted a new tablet or app for his or her own personal use but wanted nothing to do with it for any kind of learning whatsoever, we may need to look at the disconnect.
But there are other reasons why education consistently turns to technology
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10+ Ideas for Using Cell Phones with Young Learners
Kevin Coleman's insight:
I still have very mixed feelings about young people and smart phones. This presentation gives some great examples of activities! I might use them for adult learners at the university. My only concerns for young people and smart devices is how connected they are to them, how dependent they are on them, how they are unable to control their impulses with these devices and the consequences of this on other areas of their life, how interaction with them during formative years is changing how we learn, process, and memorize (a big science experiment), and last but not least, the hidden curriculum--the creation of a division between the haves and the have-nots. On the other hand, many already have them and need to learn how to use them properly. They can be magnificent tools. In the end, I have more questions than answers, and I am all for technology as LONG AS IT MAKES THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE MORE HUMAN. These are great activities! I might add one - go interview someone. Thanks to the presenter for a very interesting presentation with great ideas!!!
From the multiple literacies students will need in the future, to the possibilities of people to connect the classroom with (from students accross the globe to field experts), Skype can be a great way to help model to students how to make connections in the world and have an engaged, meaningful learning experience.