Twenty-four percent of K-12 schools ban cell phones altogether, and 62 percent allow phones on school grounds but ban them in the classroom, according to the most recent national data available. But it's about time for those schools to rethink those bans, said Kevin M. Thomas, assistant professor of education at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, who spoke at the 67th ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit in Philadelphia this weekend.
Despite the substantial growth of mobile handheld and tablet devices, traditional PC desktop and laptop systems aren't going away anytime soon. Just the opposite, according to a report released this week: Annual PC shipments could grow by nearly 50 percent worldwide between now and 2016.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a mobile app to help people set up trusted relationships with others on the fly for digital transactions.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Democrasoft has released a free app that allows students to access online discussions in Collaborize Classroom via iOS devices.
Apple formally took the wraps off the new iPad Wednesday morning. The third generation of Apple's popular tablet device incorporates a speedier A5X processor, 4G LTE support, and a higher-resolution Retina display.
Students, teachers, and staff at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools can report maintenance issues at their facilities by sending a text message or photo from an app on their mobile phone.
A Georgia school district has switched wireless network providers to increase scalability in preparation for the launch of 1-to-1 and BYOD programs and to cut costs.
ForeScout Technologies, a security products company, will shortly release a set of plug-ins that help security administrators manage Android and Apple mobile devices and coordinate with mobile device management systems through its network access control appliance.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Boulder Valley School District in Colorado is overhauling its wireless network in an effort to deliver comprehensive coverage to support its new BYOD program.
To find out what will be big in e-learning over the next several months THE Journal conferred with several academics and instructional technologists who revealed the following top five trends to watch in the year ahead.
- By Bridget McCrea