Magazine article Internet@Schools

Mobility, Flexibility, and the Power of Access

Magazine article Internet@Schools

Mobility, Flexibility, and the Power of Access

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When coming up with the theme for this May/ June issue, we started with the question, "What's are some cutting-edge classroom uses of mobile devices like cellphones, tablets, and notebooks?" After all, they empower students to get out of the classroom and into the world through technology, as well as to bring the world into the classroom. Powered with apps for communicating; gathering, crunching, and analyzing data; and tapped into the internet, handheld devices are facilitating new learning, and new ways of doing so, at every turn.

Curious, Victor Rivero took up the handheld challenge and broadened his search to include a wide array of mobile, flexible, connected, holdable devices beyond the powerful computing devices that our phones have become. He highlights quite a few of them in his Tools for Learning feature "Hands-On Handheld Tools" (page 4). He notes about his collection that "they are extensions of our hands and minds, and they do well to serve us in learning and experiencing the world around us. …

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