How Mobile Devices in Education Teach Critical Thinking Skills

A teacher complains about the growing trend toward using technology in the classroom. A blogger, Lee Stewart, posts some interesting classroom solutions that incorporate critical thinking skills as well as work place skills. However, whether some of these ideas are actually usable in a regular classroom is up for debate, and depends on both the school policies and the particular class. But you will get the idea that the Lee is getting at.


the Evolving Classroom

A friend, who is a former educator, emailed a link to a letter published in the San Jose Mercury News from a teacher expressing an opinion about using digital devices in the classroom. This letter to the editor read like a typical frustrated 20th century teacher trying to cope with a digital generation of high school students. I couldn’t help but think…this English teacher represents a majority of the public education teacher’s “mindset”, teaching America’s future generation of 21st century citizens. My digital “ah ha” moment… how can this apparently good teacher be helped to appreciate the value of mobile technology to teach young people critical-thinking life skills? To answer this question… let’s begin by reviewing his letter.  

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About DrEMiller

Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.
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