Mobile devices in classrooms – good or bad?

Panel discussion about whether smart devices benefit learning in classrooms

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Jun 28, 2018
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A radio program called On Focus hosted by Nadia Mitsopoulos, recently presented a panel discussion about whether smart devices used to access learning apps impact negatively or positively on primary school students education in the classroom.

Guest specialists contributing to the discussion included: Garry Falloon, Professor of Digital Learning, Macquarie University; Dr Kirsty Goodwin, Education Consultant in Digital Technology; and Lisa Clark, an Occupational Therapist who works with kindergarten and school children.

The panel provided different perspectives on how mobile devices affect learning, for example, everyone learns new information differently; the variety of learning offered to children; and how the limits or avenues new technology is creating can affect a child's capacity to learn and communicate their knowledge. 

The specialists also discussed how the use of mobile devices might not be as effective a tool to learn by, as opposed to traditional methods in class. Enjoy the discussion.

Title: Are digital devices really helping primary school students learn?

Program: On Focus, hosted by Nadia Mitsopoulos 

Network: ABC Radio Perth

Broadcast Date: Thursday 21 June 2018, 12pm

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Gabrielle Ahern

Community Editor, npj Science of Learning Community

I have developed a mixed portfolio of skills and experience in science communication and in my spare time, I develop original content to educate others about different themes in science. My qualifications include a Bachelor of Marine Studies (Honours), University of Queensland; a Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Australia City College; a Graduate Certificate specialising in Tertiary Teaching and Learning Practices, University of Wollongong; and a Graduate Certificate majoring in Journalism, UQ. You're welcome to contact me for a chat.

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