Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know

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CELL PHONES IN THE CLASSROOM: A BOON OR BLIGHT?
It’s a question many educators are facing these days. The Common Core State Standards call for students to develop digital media and technology skills. One way to help them reach that goal: incorporate gadgets they’re already familiar with — cell phones, tablets, and smartphones — into their learning environment. “The big potential with mobile is that it really is the primary portal for social communication
right now,” says Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist in the departments of anthropology and informatics at the University of California Irvine and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation chair in Digital Media and Learning. “Young people learn best when it’s relevant to them, when there’s social connection tied to it, and
when they actually have a personal interest.”