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It’s not IF but WHEN

Posted by Michelle Torrise on May 21, 2009

Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris believe that mobile computing in schools is “inevitable.”    In this very thought provoking documentary, Soloway and Norris make the argument that computer labs and lap top technologies are not an effective or efficient means of integrating technology in schools.

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“Soloway and Norris advocate employing mobile computing devices – Palms, cell phones, and other handhelds – in the classroom. They argue that laptops and desktops do not adequately meet the needs of young learners. Acknowledging that purchasing and maintaining these computers is prohibitively expensive for districts already strapped for funding, the mobile computing solution puts the infrastructure costs on the carrier, not the school. Students can work alone, interactively with other students, or in combination with smart boards and other networking applications. Handhelds like the iPhone will allow for learning to happen anytime and anywhere. Recognizing the giant leap of faith that districts and schools must make to adopt mobile devices, Soloway and Norris are confident that the widespread use of mobile computing in the classroom is inevitable.”

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>>See also:   Alan November Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom, A 21st Century Film


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