With more than 42% of teens admitting to bringing a cell phone or iPod Touch to class, isn’t it time schools start cracking down? And if technology is to become more a part of education, how will teachers ever track students who are already able to pull off using these devices when they’re not supposed to? As more and more gadgets enter the classroom, won’t it just make it easier to find distractions?
The point to me really is that if you are loosing your audience to mobile devices, you better figure out a way to engage them on their platform of choice.
For example, wouldn’t it be great if teachers could issue a pop quiz to all the phones surrepticiously under their student’s desks?
Or, I liked the example of Houghton Mifflin, the world’s largest provider of educational materials for K-12, who today launched its first full-curriculum algebra app for the iPad.