Tech expands learning
Not long ago, a student's personal electronic device was considered a disruptive force in the classroom, but that is changing. Schools nationwide, including some in Michigan, are starting to welcome a student's own smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices for use as learning tools.
Eager to integrate as much technology as possible into the educational experience, cash-strapped schools have done an about-face on their rules, enhancing internal networks that allow students to access district-approved websites.
Guess what? It's working. Giving students personalized lessons on devices they are already familiar with can amplify learning. Schools are freed up to reallocate funds to students who may not own devices or to expand the infrastructure needed to support their use.
For examples of how students are using their own devices to enhance learning, one need look no further than the 12th Annual AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase at the State Capitol Building in Lansing on Nov. 28. Some 125 students from 35 schools were to show legislators and the public how they have integrated technology into the curriculum.
As student-owned technology devices become more common place, learning becomes expanded and available 24/7. Let technology serve the student and the rest will follow.
Ric Wiltse, Executive Director
The writer is with Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning.