Mobile devices in the classroom!

No-o-o-o, we haven't incorporated iPhones, iPod touches, or iPads into our curriculum yet, but YES we will be experimenting with these devices in the classroom, this year!

Two main reasons we think these devices are worth exploring:
  • They engage students
  • They promote anywhere, anytime learning
But how to create order out of the chaos that is bound to happen with each student having their own device?  Here's a fantastic nitty-gritty how-to article about management:

"The list is for large or small class sets of handhelds; if students are using their own personal iPods you'll have a different set of considerations and technical issues to deal with."  [Conclusion reached by me: best to buy a classroom set that doesn't leave the classroom.]

Miss Davis, Mr. Turbeville and I did a workshop for the MISO (Maui Independent Schools Organization) Conference on Friday on this very topic: "Speed Apping -- Mobile Devices in Your Classroom". 

Check out the site we created. You'll find



  1. I would like to have a TI-graphing calculator (simulator) on an i-pad, so students can work in pairs. I would like it to be interconnected to the class and the overhead such as the TI navigator software. I would also want to use then as mini white boards, so that students can produce solutions to problems and then we can view solutions on the projector.
    If we can do this with an i-pad, then I would like to have a classroom set (maybe 1 per pair of students)
    I would love to have my grade book on it as well, for my poor palm is getting old, and they don't make them anymore.

  2. I would love to know of anyone using the ipad or netbook type computers with middle schoolers with learning challenges, particularly writing issues. I think it could be magic, but am having trouble getting anyone to guide our way through the maze of what to get, how to set it up, etc.

  3. To Anonymous above: Check this link:
    I'm not sure what you mean by learning challenged, but here's a practical article that talks helping children with learning disabilities Includes info about writing. Feel free to email me at if you'd like to pursue this further. ... I would also like to know if any one reading this post knows personally of specific success stories.

  4. so I emailed Tony from the link you posted Linda and here's what he said: I would suggest a Windows-based netbook (mini laptop) for your daughter. The screen are large enough for writing and editing. Plus, it runs Windows so all websites and software the school uses could be used on your daughter's computer as well.

    There market for netbooks is always changing, so I don't have a favorite to recommend right now. I can say that ASUS, Acer, and Dell make good ones (that many schools are buying for each of their students, in fact.) The netbook doesn't have to be the fastest or have that much storage. Word processing and associated software just won't take up much space. Probably the most important piece is the keyboard. Try some out at Best Buy or some electronic store to see how the keyboard feels to your daughter.
    So back to research on which one is powerful enough to run word and powerpoint writer. Thanks!!!