The rush to be new and original means that we keep digging the mine shaft instead of mining the gold. This one in particular is a long piece on how smartphones are being use by the digital generation – those born under the @ sign – at school and at home, anywhere and anytime. Use your imagination to see how you can go mobile with m Learning. NOTE TO MY READERS: I originally published this in the spring of 2010. I still do and many of you seem to agree since I get comments on it constantly. Knowledge – great ideas, excellent ways to solve pressing problems, smart ways to change and more – all seem to fly by SO fast that they get lost in cyberspace. We usually focus on education for adults, but every now and again we come across a piece of research that has tremendous implications for education for everyone.New studies and pilot projects show smartphones can actually make kids smarter. Department of Education has earmarked billion in competitive school-reform grants to scale up pilot programs and evaluate best practices of all kinds.And as the search intensifies for technological solutions to the nation’s and the world’s education woes — “Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age,” as the title of a summit at Google HQ last fall had it — growing sums of money are flowing into the sector. Major foundations are specifically zeroing in on handhelds for preschool and the primary grades.
Then she sets the precise skills, levels, and allotted time for the upcoming week.When the Singer sisters were just 6 months old, they already preferred cell phones to almost any other toy, recalls their mom, Fiona Aboud Singer: “They loved to push the buttons and see it light up.” The girls knew most of the alphabet by 18 months and are now starting to read, partly thanks to an i Phone app called First Words, which lets them move tiles along the screen to spell .They sing along with the Old Mac Donald app too, where they can move a bug-eyed cartoon sheep or rooster inside a corral, and they borrow Mom’s tablet computer and photo-editing software for a 21st-century version of finger painting.“Young kids and multisensor-touch computing are a huge area of innovation,” says Phoenix Wang, the head of a startup philanthropic venture fund called Startl — funded by the Gates, Mac Arthur, and Hewlett foundations — that’s entirely focused on educational investing.
Google, Nokia, Palm, and Sony have all supplied handheld devices for teaching.Julissa Muñoz shyly tells me that she likes this device better than her Play Station 2 at home. “I like the fireman game,” where exciting music plays as you choose the right length ladder, which sneakily teaches simple addition and subtraction.