Hi. I’m Sheila Koester creator of the Mobile Phones Research website.
As a substitute teacher and former programmer analyst I have been fascinated by the technology I have observed all around me. I wondered why all the students I saw were suddenly carrying mobile phones around with them in class and when they changed classes in the hallways. I wanted to learn more about why these small screens were fascinating to them and why these students couldn’t live without them.
Technology has found its place in today’s society. It’s here to stay. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise as to why I think that educational institutions should find ways to incorporate the use of technology in the instructional day. Technology also has it’s place outside of the school walls.
I researched this fascination with mobile phone technology and decided to write about it here in Mobile Phones Research. Later on, I decided to expand upon this and include information about related technologies such as apps, chatbots, augmented and virtual reality, etc.
I wrote about my findings in articles that I posted at this website. I hope that this information will be useful to school administrators, teachers, parents and students.
Technology is ever changing. It never stays the same. There is always something new to learn and adjust to. It can make our lives easier. However, sometimes it can also be a hindrance. It can lead to social problems like bullying. Spending too much time on social media platforms can also be a distraction. It can prevent us from socializing with others in face-to-face meetings.
It can also be a blessing. During the coronavirus pandemic society depended on technology to communicate with one another. Educators depended on technology to reach students who couldn’t come to school buildings due to CDC restrictions. Many educators, parents and students needed to adjust to this non-traditional way of learning.
Younger generations adapt to technology more easily and readily than do older generations. Elementary school children are now learning how to code through fun games and exercises.
There is an increasing emphasize on STEM and STEAM in school STEM is science, technology, engineering and math. STEAM is science, technology, engineering, arts and math. STEM and STEAM programs are all designed to prepare young learners for life after they complete their education as adults. It will help prepare them for the new demands of tomorrow’s workplace.
I’m wondering what our educational landscape will look like after the pandemic. Will traditional schools adapt to the incorporation of technology into the modern classroom? Or will there still be some opposition to so much reliance upon technology in our educational institutions? Time will tell.
I hope you will enjoy reading the web pages at this website and it will help prepare you for tomorrow’s technology challenges in education. Keep returning to this website. I’ll do my part to keep you updated on the latest developments in technology and education.
I've created an Education Technology Facebook group that corresponds with this website. Here is the link to my group if you would like to join...