The way we communicate has been dramatically altered by the use of mobile devices that free us from the anchor of a desktop computer, or tethered phones. These devices have been adopted at a feverish pace by the digital generation; those who have grown up using computers and cell phones. They have integrated this technology into their lives to the point that they are connected 24/7 to each other and through the internet, the world.

There is no protocol on how and when to use these devices. For the most part they are considered a social tool. But the devices have increasingly become an issue in the educational environment. Students are using texting during classes, as well as accessing email and browsing the internet while in class. This is viewed by educators to be a distraction from the learning process. Students, on the other hand, view this as a continuation of their lives, and don’t seem to understand why school should be different.

At present, many educators will have students turn off, or turn in the devices in the classroom. But there is a movement in the pedagogical world from the teacher-centric model to a learner-centric model. These educators are trying to find ways to integrate the mobile communication devices into the pedagogical process.

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