Moving from Banning Technology to Embracing Technology

Despite the advancements of technology and its proven contributions inside schools and districts, there’s still pushback on the utilization of mobile devices within classrooms. Why? It’s sometimes argued that smartphones cannot facilitate education, but only present an obstacle, whether by causing distractions and creating opportunities for cheating.

Lisa Nielsen, founder of The Innovative Educator and author of several books on using technology for instruction, champions the view that mobile devices in particular should not be banned or discouraged. Rather, they should be treated as a solution in the task of education. In embracing technology, teachers can make the topics of education more relevant to today’s generation of students.

Nielsen’s approach to using mobile devices responsibly falls into two major components:

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