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Teaching 21st Century Learners with Mobile Devices

, Emporia 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


This paper will discuss using mobile devices in teaching and learning. From smartphones to iPads, mobile devices continue to permeate our society. For today’s students, these devices have become a natural part of their environment and their connected lives. When students enter school on a daily basis, however, we ask them to put away their devices, disconnect and learn in an environment that is unlike their home, or native, environment. Mobile devices and educational applications, however, have potential to be used as an effective tool for teaching and learning. As with many new technologies, the use of mobile devices has some challenges for educators and those who support the use of technology in the classroom. These challenges fall into the following categories: Access, Management, Usability, Inappropriate Use, as well as Policy Issues. This paper will discuss what mobile learning is, types of mobile devices, tools accessible through their use, and educational applications for mobile devices. In particular, challenges to their use in the classroom will be discussed.


Colorado, J. (2012). Teaching 21st Century Learners with Mobile Devices. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2247-2252). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 26, 2019 from .