There has not been much buzz about SmartPhones/iPod Touch being used in the classroom since about 2010 when the iPad was first released.
- Already in the pocket of many students, thus they are familiar with its functions
- Could be used under a document camera for demonstration purposes
- Good size for some things (clickers)
- Mobility, as they are pocket-sized
- Data plan means they can be connected to the web continuously
The main use of the Smartphone/iPod Touch is for apps that could be used on the device.
- Size (not desirable for extensive reading or writing) although phones are tending to be larger
- Not great for typing (but evidently not bad for young thumbs texting)
- Security issues
- Interactive design presents some cheating/integrity issues.
- Cost of data plan may affect overall use