According to a 2017 report by Project Tomorrow, adding mobile devices to the classroom provides students with “equity, empowerment and a better understanding of complex concepts.” It also said mobile devices offer educators an array of new pedagogical practices, which in turn enable students to develop university (and workplace) ready skills.
“It brings life into learning, instead of being in a classroom or hearing a lecture. Having mobile devices helps teachers to take the classroom beyond four walls and into a playground to do some activities, for example,” Mr Dares said.
“We want our kids to learn by living that learning.”
Mr Dares also said part of that learning also included teaching families how to be responsible when using mobile devices both inside and outside of school through a programme called ISR Nation.
Students go through a nine-stage process on how to be a digital citizen and parents learn how to assert and manage controls as well as how to talk to their children about using mobile devices.
“It’s a privilege to use it, and with that comes responsibilities on how to use the technology. Device addiction and cyber bullying are real issues,” Mr Dares said.
With many apps available to solve problems for you, educators can leverage mobile devices to pave the way for students to learn to think critically by harnessing the information they’ve gathered on their devices to determine how they want to solve complex problems.
Mr Dares said one such app, Photomath, which utilises a camera to recognise mathematical equations and display step-by-step solutions on screen, can spur students to think about what they want to do with the information they’ve gathered.
“What’s the objective of having that answer? What are you going to do with it? That’s where we’re moving into,” Mr Dares said.