THE Journal's Mobile Computing + Augmented & Virtual Reality Resources

Here you'll find articles covering 1-to-1 computing, BYOD, augmented and virtual reality and all things mobile! Topics range from strategies for managing devices to news and reviews about new hardware and software.


Report: Worldwide Tablet Shipments Will Decline This Year, Rebound in 2018

Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to decline by 12 percent for the rest of 2016, rounding out the year at 182.3 million shipments, according to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

Stratford Schools Collaborate to Produce Hour of Code Project

Stratford School, a group of private schools based in California, is participating for the fifth year in a row in Code.org’s global Hour of Code, which takes place Dec. 5 through 11.

Teachers Say Tech Makes Learning More Fun, Students Say it Helps Them Learn

A recent survey conducted by Quizlet, an online learning tool provider, finds that most teachers say technology makes learning more fun, while students say it helps them learn.

Iowa District to Use $54K Google Grant for VR Hardware

Council Bluffs Community School District has received a $54,500 grant from Google to purchase 28 virtual reality kits with 15 headsets each, in an effort to boost student engagement and diversify instruction.

Cleverywhere Debuts Game for Common Core Test Prep

Cleverywhere has launched a new game, ThemePark, designed to help students improve their scores on standardized tests.

Online Charter School Loses State Attendance Audit Appeal

An appeal by Ohio’s largest online charter school of a ruling that allows the state to use the amount of time students are logged in to calculate enrollment and funding has been dismissed.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Tells Schools To Carry Out Research on Educational Technology: Really?

In this week’s blogpost, we examine a new proclamation from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology: in addition to everything else educators already do, educators should now carry out rapid cycles of scientifically valid, classroom-based research. Piling more and more onto the backs of K–12 educators can’t be a strategy for effectively moving K–12 public education into the digital age.

Mobile Beacon Awards Digital Inclusion Grants

Mobile Beacon, an organization that connects nonprofits, schools and libraries to the internet, has chosen Chelsea District Library in Chelsea, MI and Bartram High School in Philadelphia, PA as the recipients of its Wi-Fly Lending Launch Kit grant for educators. These grants provide 25 laptops, 25 4G LTE mobile hotspots and free, mobile, unlimited 4G internet access for one year to each organization.

Study Examines Benefits and Constraints of BYOD Policies

A new study examines the affordances, or benefits, and constraints of instituting bring your own device (BYOD) policies in schools.

Canvas Adds Mobile App to Improve Parent Engagement

Instructure has launched a new mobile app for its Canvas learning management system, the Canvas Parent app, designed to give parents or guardians a new tool to more easily monitor their students' progress.

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