Mobile/tablet or not mobile/tablet in the classroom?

Today two different news in two different ways present the use of mobile phone or tablets in classroom. 

USA : 73% of Teachers Use Cellphones for Classroom Activities

More middle- and secondary-school teachers are using digital tools in their classrooms and professional lives, a new report says. A study by Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project released Thursday delves into teachers’ increasing technology use, but also expresses educators’ concerns about the digital divide.

Use of mobile technology dominates the learning process, the study finds. Seventy-three percent of teachers say that they or their students use cellphones in the classroom or to complete assignments. Nearly half of respondents use e-readers and tablets for teaching.

via 73% of Teachers Use Cellphones for Classroom Activities.

Plan B: Too cool for school: 7 reasons why tablets should NOT be used in education

Good technology always has an allure and iPads have tons of allure, but it’s an allure that appeals to adults not children. I can see a use for tablets with young children 3-9 and perhaps in special needs. Once beyond the basics of play, the iPad is a luxury that schools cannot afford. Neither are they desirable in terms of the type of learning that schools largely deliver. These initiatives are often technology and not learning-led.

via Donald Clark Plan B: Too cool for school: 7 reasons why tablets should NOT be used in education.

What can you respond to Donald Clark? Which is your opinion?

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