Digital Distraction in the Classroom or Learning Opportunity?

A graduate assistant teacher of paleontology at the University of Michigan kept a written record of what she had seen on the screens of her students’ digital devices in the classroom and created a PowerPoint presentation of them. Many instructors find creative ways to let students use their cell phones and tablets in the classroom. A good example is free polling apps. Here a list of apps for teaching students about paleontology and dinosaurs.

Apps like these could let her students use their devices in the classroom and would be a lot more interesting than making her students listen to a lecture about the Mesozoic era.