Cell phones as educational tools in the classroom
Queen’s University Film and Media Studies professor Sidneyeve Matrix can talk about the debate in Calgary and in Ontario on whether or not to allow students to use cell phones in class.
“As more students come to class with Smartphones, they are basically carrying around a handheld computer in their knapsack. So it only makes sense that educators think long and hard about how to apply these personal digital tools to the task of learning,” says Professor Matrix, who uses cell phones and Twitter in her class. “Of course the digital divide persists, and not all students have mobile phones – so educators are also thinking about how to manage issues of unequal access to the latest technology when planning mobile learning initiatives.”
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