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Please Take Out Your Cell Phones

Posted by on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in News.

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director

I have a blog post on mobile learning (using mobile devices like phones and tablets in education) posted over on the CIRTL Network website today. Here’s an excerpt from the post, “Please Take Out Your Cell Phones.”

My theory is that if all students are expected to do with their mobile devices during class is take notes, then they’ll distract themselves with Facebook et al. because notetaking doesn’t keep their minds busy enough…. If my theory is true, then we can minimize digital distractions by giving our students more to think about and do during class. And since those little smart phones our students carry around with them have more computing power than the computers that put humans on the moon, perhaps we can think of some ways to use those powerful devices to engage our students in learning?

Image: “Questions from the Audience,” by me, Flickr (CC)

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