Time marches on, and trends, tactics, and technology march with it, evolving as they go. That can certainly be said for, let’s call it, device usage in K–12 educational settings. One-to-one laptops and notebooks, the BYOD movement, smartphone and tablet usage … these phenomena are moving along a continuum of applied technology and connectivity in education. So we thought it would be a good idea to review device usage in 2015. And that is what Victor Rivero has done for us through his Tools for Learning feature for this issue.
Victor touched base with in-the-trenches teachers and librarians as well as with leaders at organizations such as Project Tomorrow and the SIIA (Software and Information Industry Association) to get a sense of what’s working, what challenges remain, and where things are headed in the realm of BYOD. It’s a complex and evolving landscape, but successes are many, and the prognosis is good. Read all about it in The Bring-Your-Own Dilemma.
Oh, and we’ve included reviews of a BYOD-related app–Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center–and device–the Chromebook–to round out coverage.
This month’s New Media Center column by Mary Alice Anderson fits nicely into the issue theme as well. Mary Alice, ever the primary source aficionado, delves into some interactive ebook primary source sets from the Library of Congress that, of course, bring rich content and great analysis tools for use on iPads. Check out Making Learning Interactive.
And finally, our other columnist for this issue, Mary Ann Bell, explores doodling in her Belltones column! OK, let’s call it by it’s newer, more serious-sounding moniker, “sketchnoting.” She’s all for it as a tool and tactic for kids’ learning, and she tells why in her inimitable fashion! See Embrace Your Inner Doodler! Join the Sketchnoting Revolution!.
David Hoffman, editor