There has not been much buzz about SmartPhones/iPod Touch being used in the classroom since about 2010 when the iPad was first released.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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

 

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