Senior Emily Smak, 20, tries out the treadmill workstation in one of the study lounges in the new Education and Human Services Building at Central Michigan University. There is a new iMac computer attached to it so students can get a little exercise while doing homework or other things on the computer.
When I was growing up, my parents told me, “Finish your dinner. People in China and India are starving.” I tell my daughters, “Finish your homework. People in India and China are starving for your job.” ---Thomas Friedman, 2005
“ In five years, I think the majority of students will be using digital textbooks,” said William M. Habermehl, superintendent of the 500,000-student Orange County schools. “They can be better than traditional textbooks.”
"You're going to walk into a store, the store is going to recognize that you've entered the store, it will say, "Do you want to buy a venti coffee?" — it will know what you're going to buy and maybe the transaction will take place on the tablet," Crothers speculated. "It's not made for typing ... you'll have the option, but it's a whole new paradigm.”
Preliminary research from both Australia and the US is finding that when using iPod Touches as part of their class activities, school attendance increases, students are more willing to come to school, and they do more homework
Further quantitative research is needed, but it seems obvious that kids will learn more if they are engaged in the process -- and cutting-edge mobile devices like the iPod Touch are brilliant at driving engagement.
Mobile devices offer access to the Internet in places where the traditional web doesn't reach Source: http://ezinearticles.com/?iPhone-Education---4-Reasons-Why-Mobile-Devices-Will-Transform-How-Our-Kids-Learn&id=2662128
Encourage teachers to engage students in their own learning
“ We should instead use technology funding to bolster new learning models and innovations, such as online-learning environments, to level the playing field and allow students from all walks of life -- from small, rural communities to budget-strapped urban schools -- to access the rich variety that is now available only to children in wealthy suburban districts.”