Mader, J and Ben Smith. (2011/2012). Celebrate your mobile devices. Learning and Leading. 30(12-1) Retrieved on http://www.learningandleading-digital.com/learning_leading/20111201#pg38.
A huge problem we have today is there are so many restrictions from budget cuts that limit teachers from getting the tools they need to teach science and math. Pretty much, Mader and Smith want public schools to allow students to use their phones to download applications that will help them in their math and science classes. They feel that the students will be able to master measurements and promote deeper analysis of data that they would not be available in the classroom. They give the website that helps teachers and students buy or download these apps onto their phones. They list a lot of valuable apps that measure: angles, depth, acceleration, time, frequency, decibel strength, and luminosity.
I think this would be great to use in the classroom. Many of these resources and apps are applicable in other classes as well. Not just science and math courses. Students can use the magnetic compass app to find direction and get a better understanding of geography. Also students may need a calculator to calculate the time difference between specific dates. Obviously this will be very valuable in science and math classrooms but it is applicable for other subject areas.
I feel this article fulfills ISTE NETS Standard 3 in that they apply digital tools to gather, evaluate information. Ipads are so applicable and easy to use, students can use and take them anywhere and explore a lot of media. There are countless numbers of apps that can pinpoint and enhance students’ knowledge in any subject area. I think this will become a very valuable source in the classroom of the future.