Best Practice

Mobile devices: research and inspiration

The debate about mobile devices in the classroom has sparked up again. Karen Sullivan looks at the research and offers some ideas

Like most parents, I’ve grown weary of staring at the top of my children’s heads as they bow over their mobiles and other devices for seemingly endless periods of time, and long for the days when boredom drove them read and chat instead.

Equally, however, I am heartened by the amount of information they have at their fingertips, and their eagerness to access it. A family debate is settled with a quick web search; a definition for a word, the population of a city, “other books by the same author”, a news story, a football score, a historical fact all pulled up in seconds. Like it or not, that’s called learning, and that’s what education is all about.

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