Being Mobile | Blog

Here you'll find analysis and views on mobile computing in elementary and secondary education by two outspoken technology advocates, Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris. Being Mobile is published four times per month; a new post appears each Monday in this location.


A Classroom Teacher Talks About Technology: Maybe We All Should Listen?

A classroom teacher speaks up about the difficulties of finding good iPad apps for her students' to use. Frankly, "we" could make it easier; "we" could address the difficulties she cites. So, why don't "we?"

Smart Watches, Smart Phones, Smart Socks, Smart Bras: How about Smart Children?

From Smart Watches to Smart Margarine with Smart Bras in between, we are being inundated with smart objects. While the epithet “smart” may be overused, we argue that it is precisely this next generation of “smart” objects that will be the catalyst for the profound and fundamental change in education that we techies have been promising for the last 50+ years.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Please Share Your Mobile Instructional Tips!

One hand washes the other; time for us to help each other in using mobile devices effectively in the classroom. Teachers, please, send us a curricular tip on how you use mobile devices in your classroom. We will publish your tips in our blog; thank you!

Tech Fanboy Corner: What’s Trending? Computing Devices, Computing Device Usage

We step above the technology tsunami that is enveloping us and note the types of changes in devices and changes in usage patterns engendered by those device changes that are taking place. Your computer is not your father’s computer; no way, no how.

Two Heads Are Better Than One: Mobile Apps that Support Synchronous Collaboration

Everyone wants K-12 students to learn to collaborate. But where are the supports?! Well, finally, here are some free, easy to learn, easy to use, apps for iPads and Androids, that help students as they synchronously collaborate in creating concept maps, KWL charts, etc.

Mobile Devices Are K-12's Pearl Harbor

Truth is, up till now, technology in classrooms has been ignorable: Between limited access and flaky networks, the textbook publishers had no real incentive to produce technology-based curriculum. With the coming of mobile devices, however, technology in classrooms is no longer ignorable. The Big Disruption is imminent.

Is the New York Times Sunday Magazine Really Anti-Teacher?

The cover of the Sept. 15 New York Times Sunday Magazine was hurtful to America’s teachers and in no way helpful to the cause of education. Why are America’s teachers treated so poorly, so scornfully? We must fix this situation!

Los Angeles' 640,000 iPad Purchase: Too Big To Fail

LAUSD just purchased 640,000 iPads to go 1-to-1 throughout the district. We, the educational technology community, need to rally round and provide LAUSD’s teachers with all manner of support. We must help LAUSD make their hugely visible iPad rollout a hugely major success.

Bill Gates Said a Stupid Thing About Learning

Bill Gates commented that "constructionism," a theory of how people learn, is "bull***t." While he may well be the richest man in the world, that was a stupid thing to say — and it is a dangerous thing to say. Read on to find out why it was stupid and is dangerous.

Obama's ConnectED: Way to Go!

On June 6, 2013 President Obama instructed the FCC to modernize the E-rate program. On July 19, the FCC voted to modernize the E-rate Program. Holy Cow! What speed?!

Being Mobile | Podcast

The Being Mobile podcast series features Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris at their outspoken best, having lively conversations about a different mobile technology topic each month.

  • Bringing Down Barriers to Mobilism

    Fresh from UNESCO Mobile Week in Paris, Elliot and Cathie report on how students in developing countries are using feature phones for education. April 2013; File Type: WMA; Size: 2,919 KB Length: 04:00 Listen Now

  • One Tablet Per Child?

    Falling prices for computers and data plans could have a major impact on K-12, but is your infrastructure ready? March 2013; File Type: WMA; Size: 2,039 KB; Length: 02:48 Listen Now

  • What Does "Successful" Mean?

    When it comes to using mobile devices in class, Elliot and Cathie caution against mistaking engagement for achievement. February 2013; File Type: WMA; Size: 2,757 KB; Length: 03:47 Listen Now

  • Welcome to the Podcast

    Mobilists Elliot and Cathie introduce their podcast and explain why mobile technologies are becoming an inescapable part of the classroom. January 2013; File Type: M4A; Size: 7,246 KB; Length: 03:39 Listen Now

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