E-learning and m-learning have become extremely important buzz words of the education technology revolution; each characterising a whole raft of ideas and resources for the tech-savvy teacher. But the two terms are not always used correctly, with some confusion about the differences between them and where they overlap. And in more complex terms, thinking about the differences between e-learning and m-learning can be particularly useful for teachers who use technology in the classroom, as it can help them to pick out which techniques are best for which education scenario.
Archive for the ‘Mobile Devices’ Category
By Peter DeWitt on August 26, 2012 2:43 PM
“Districts wading into the “bring-your-own-technology,” or BYOT, waters are wrangling with which issues should be tackled through districtwide policy, and which should fall under school-level procedural codes. In the process, they’re trying to leave room to solve unanswered legal questions about Internet security and privacy.” Quillen (Education Week)
As our students get older, they become more responsible…we hope. A laptop or tablet has replaced the notebook and pen over the past few years since our present technological explosion. Many students can’t wait until the age that their teachers allow them to bring in their own devices. Unfortunately, no matter the level, not all students are encouraged to bring technology into the classroom. And those that are encouraged to do so, may not be doing it for the right reasons.
It’s almost impossible to be an educator without implementing some kind of technology in the classroom. From blogging toeducational games to online tracking tools, there are numerous tools that educators can take advantage of to cater to an increasingly tech-savvy group of learners.
But not everyone knows just how to do that or what is best for students, and with so many options it can feel overwhelming to even get started. That’s where great books on the topic can really come in handy.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best edtech reads out there, from essential texts on the subject to cutting-edge research, that will help you learn about and implement educational technologies and curricula that can truly benefit both you and your students.
My personal favorite that I view as required reading is Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser. Worth checking out (digitally, of course).
ASCD Express’s Tech for Teachers column, by guest columnist Jason Bedell, uses both text and a tutorial video to encourage teachers to bring web technology into their practice in simple but meaningful ways that can contribute to student engagement and learning.