Using Mobile Learning to Teach Reading to Ninth-Grade Students

Lucianne Brown, Journal for Computing Teachers, Dec 30, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a good overview of mobile learning followed by a pointless trial using grade 9 students. I say 'pointless' because the 63 students were given task-specific mobile phones twice a week over a two or three week period to do vocabulary lookups. "The high school permitted the treatment group to use the phones in the classroom for only 20 minutes each day for 7 days or a total of 160 minutes." What would you expect to learn from such a study? More articles from the current issue of JCT.
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