July 12, 2011

Why aren't we using gadgets in class?

According to the PEW Internet & American Life Project, teens aged 12-17 are using gadgets like mobile phones and iPods more than ever. A key to a successful Results Only Learning Environment is to give students choice in how they demonstrate mastery of learning outcomes. With autonomy, students develop a thirst for learning. Since the data is from 2009, it seems likely that these numbers are now much higher.

If 75-80% of our students love using cell phones, iPods and other gadgets, why aren't teachers using them in the K-12 classroom to enhance students' intrinsic motivation?