Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Missed Opportunity?

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Missed Opportunity?

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AS EDUCATORS WEIGH the pros and cons of using mobile devices in school, they might want to know what students are saying about what they would like do with those devices to extend and enhance their learning.

High school students who participated in the Speak Up 2010 survey said that they would use mobile devices to check their grades (74 percent), take notes in class (59 percent), use the calendar (50 percent), access online textbooks (44 percent), or learn about school activities (40 percent).

Additionally, middle and high school students said they would leverage the built-in features and functionality of their mobile devices to extend their learning opportunities by looking up information on the internet; collaborating with their peers using communications tools; using the internet to research; or recording lectures, events or projects (see chart below).

Given students' interest in using mobile devices for educational purposes, it's easy to understand why more than half (53 percent) of middle and high school students surveyed said that the largest obstacle they face in using technology in their school today is not being allowed to use their own cell phone, smartphone, or MP3 player. …

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