Before introducing hand held devices into our classrooms, it is important that we ensure that we are clear as to how we are going to use the equipment. It is also important that we review how effective the devices are in enhancing teaching and learning.
Stories are emerging of schools purchasing iPads/tablets but with no plan as to how they are going to be used. In these cases the focus would appear to be on the equipment rather than the learning and the learner.
Small scale studies are starting to emerge that examine the effectiveness of hand held technology in the classroom. Click here to read about a small scale, informal study that examines the use of android devices in schools.