Educational Strategy of the Week

Using Personal Devices for Classroom Research

Educators find that students experience learning material as more engaging and relevant when accessed with personal devices. Kendra Radcliff, a secondary teacher in Atlanta, Georgia, explains why her students use personal devices for research:

"All semester I've really been focusing on them thinking about their place in the world and how what they're reading, what they're talking about, what we talk about in class every day connects to the world—their world specifically—but the world at large."

Ms. Radcliff has students use personal devices and various medias to explore the different aspects of one specific topic. Looking at different perspectives and multiple viewpoints helps students to see how everything they're exposed to is a text that can be evaluated.

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