|A 2014 Harris study, released by Pearson, showed that 44 percent of elementary school students, 58 percent of middle school students and 75 percent of high school students regularly use smartphones. A similar study found that 83 percent of college/university students use smartphones on a regular basis as well. What’s more, tablet usage is also up: 66 percent of elementary students, 58 percent of middle school students, 42 percent of high school students and 45 percent of college/university students are regularly using them.It may not come as a surprise that these numbers have steadily climbed in recent years, and you can safely bet this trend will continue. In fact, most students surveyed indicated they would like the use of mobile devices in the classroom to increase. And students at all grade levels agreed that tablets make learning more fun, help them do better in school and aid in customizing their learning experience.|
Armed with this knowledge, educators can tap into these tools as another means to create an engaging learning environment. Here are some ideas on using mobile devices in the classroom.
Using smartphones and tablets as learning tools
So many students are connected via smartphones and tablets. Instead of telling your class to put their devices away, harness this energy for good. Here’s how:
No longer are smartphones and tablets a nuisance in the classroom. Rather, they are tools to be reckoned with. Tap into these gems to engage and enhance your students’ learning experiences.
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