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Mobile Technology in the STEM Classroom

, , Jacksonville State University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In recent years, there has been a growing concern in the United States that public education is not preparing a sufficient number of students, teachers, and practitioners in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A majority of secondary school students are not proficient in math and science, and many are taught by teachers lacking adequate subject matter knowledge (CRS Report for Congress, 2008). This problem is severe and is getting worse as student mastery of math, science, and technology objectives is extremely low. New advances in mobile technologies hold tremendous promise for reversing this trend by transitioning occasional, supplemental use of computers for instruction to more frequent, integral use of technology across a multitude of educational settings. This presentation will report on the strengths and weaknesses of this instructional strategy revealed in a study involving the use of mobile devices in secondary science and math classes.


Barnes, J. & Herring, D. (2012). Mobile Technology in the STEM Classroom. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2888-2893). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 23, 2019 from .