Approximately 70 percent of K-12 schools currently implement mobile devices. However, the profusion of device options, their recent adoption as instructional tools, and the rapid pace at which the technology changes have left many educators perplexed about which device would best serve student needs. To enable teachers to make informed choices about mobile learning, Mimio has published “A Helpful Guide to Mobile Devices in the Classroom, 2nd Edition,” which can be downloaded at no charge from news.mimio.com/mobile-devices-guide-2015-pr.
The 16-page PDF discusses the various challenges that teachers face in incorporating mobile learning in their instructional practices, illustrating four levels of sophistication in the application of mobile devices. Educators can find insights regarding the benefits and limits of different devices, as well as the most promising mobile learning practices – from BYOD approaches to “flipping” formative assessment. The guide includes the following sections:
· Up-to-date statistics on the use of mobile devices in education.
· Overviews of different devices currently on the market, and the pros and cons of using each of these devices in the classroom.
· Synopses of the research on how to achieve deeper learning – whether teachers are using high-tech or low-tech methods.
· Ideas for incorporating mobile devices into the curriculum.
· Lists of such resources as new technology, learning systems, and applications that can make going mobile a smooth transition for schools, teachers, and students.
The last two sections listed above help teachers pinpoint the instructional strategies, educational apps, and review websites that will help them quickly and effectively transition to a cross-curricular, collaborative approach that focuses on group learning and student-centric approaches. In addition, teachers will obtain ideas for facilitating more accessible, real-time formative assessment.
Source: Mimio, mimio.com