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Do smartphones make for smart students? Profs weigh in

By Monique O. Madan, Miami Herald
July 30th, 2015

If educators decide not to incorporate mobile, are they doing students an educational disservice?

mobile-devices-studentsGoogling, tweeting and texting are an integral part of Professor Andres Caiaffa’s classroom’s culture.

“As our student population changes, we need to change with them,” said Caiaffa, who teaches at Miami Dade College’s Benjamin Leon School of Nursing. “Everything around them is related to the use of the Internet, so I’m using to my advantage that they like to be connected, they like to be online.”

Caiaffa is not alone. An increasing number of educators in both college and grade school have built cellphones and social media into their curriculums.

South Florida K-12 schools initiated a “Bring Your Own Device” policy in the fall of 2014, allowing students and staff to use their own technology during the school day “to enhance the learning experience.” Miami Dade College, Florida International University and the University of Miami also all have progressively seen a shift in professors encouraging their students to do the same.

(Next page: How students and smartphones mix)


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