Do Smartphones Have a Place in the Classroom?

May 3, 2016

Do Smartphones Have a Place in the Classroom?

The Atlantic

  • Many teachers are stumped about how to deal with student cellphone and smartphone use. On the one hand, we know that most students bring a mini-supercomputer to school every day, a device with vast potential for learning. On the other hand, just how smartphones might help students learn remains a troubling question.
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Keywords: education, technology in the classroom, smartphones, teaching, studies

The Dystopian Future of Schools

The Synapse / Medium

  • The ambition to make the learning experience more personal is a difficult one to argue against. But as more and more schools adopt this philosophy, the result is an emerging multi-billion dollar industry that is ironically in danger of depersonalizing the learning experience of students more than ever.
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Keywords: education, teaching, personalized learning

The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom


  • Using technology in the classroom is one of those issues that makes it easy to be a fence sitter. It’s difficult to be 100% for the use of educational technology all of the time. Most teachers find a happy medium with technology—it’s useful in some situations, but a distraction in others. We’ve put together a list of some the pros and cons that surround the technology in the classroom debate.
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Keywords: technology in the classroom, debates, teaching, edtech

Professors Hate Online Education. To Save Colleges, They Have to Learn to Love It

The Washington Post

  • Like many professors, Henry C. Lucas was skeptical of online education. But now, the author of “Technology and the Disruption of Higher Education: Saving the American University,” argues that faculty must learn to embrace online education. But, how do we innovate when the people who have to change are the most resistant to it?
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Keywords: higher education, faculty, online learning

The Future Of Open Access: Why Has Academia Not Embraced The Internet Revolution?


  • The web has democratized access to much of the world’s information, yet the vast majority of the knowledge and advances generated by the world’s universities has been left out of this information revolution. Most of the world’s scholarly knowledge is owned and controlled by commercially-owned journals. Why the world of academia has been one of the last to embrace the internet revolution?
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Keywords: science, research, academia

3 Key Ways to Inspire Student Engagement and Motivation

Getting Smart

  • Entrepreneurship is mostly about learning how to find your own way, and applying what you know in order to be successful. Many say these are the skills people will need this century in order to compete in the job market. Here are a few key pillars to activate this mindset–the entrepreneurial mindset–in young people.
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Keywords: entrepreneurship, competencies, skills, teaching

How To Get Students On The Autism Spectrum To Succeed In College

The Huffington Post

  • The increase in the number of young people diagnosed with autism in the last 14 years has been staggering — from one in 152 in 2002 to an estimated one in 68 today. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of children turn 18 every year. They are often as smart as or smarter than their peers, but they go to college in far fewer numbers. Moreover, only a few dozen colleges have programs specifically designed to support students with autism.
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Keywords: autism, students with autism, teaching, Project REACH

How College Students Are Sleeping ... Or Not


  • Sleep has a big impact on learning. Sleep deprivation affects memory, cognition and motivation. Jawbone just released a study of the sleep habits of tens of thousands of students, ages 18-22, on college campuses. The information comes from 100 universities, totaling 1.4 million nights of sleep. The results are surprising.
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Keywords: colleges and universities, studies, college students, sleeping habits, learning, performance, wearables, activity trackers

How To Help Students Become Digital Creators

eSchool News

  • A new report examines how giving students the power to explore digital technology improves learning. The report highlights various examples of how school systems are encouraging students’ digital creativity and offers educator-provided tips to help others lead and promote digital creativity throughout their school systems.
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Keywords: technology, education, teaching strategies, digital creativity

Facebook Course Pages, Groups Can Increase MOOC Engagement

Education News

  • A new study compared MOOC student use of course-related Facebook pages to the use of built-in message boards and forums, finding that more students made use of the Facebook pages. Students prefer to use the social media pages rather than the tools built-in to the courses.
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Keywords: online courses, MOOCs, social media, study

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