“Change it up. Use something a little bit different. Even our lecture styles should be different at times.” — Corinne Hoisington

The increasing ubiquity of mobile devices is inspiring a shift in the way many instructors are thinking about classroom applications of technology. In these educational settings, the static experience of desktop PCs in computer labs and tablets-as-expensive-notetaking-tools is giving way to mobile-device-driven projects that draw students into the learning process as participants.

And though students may be familiar with consuming social media and the hottest new gadgets, they also need preparation for the ways these technologies can, and will, be used in real-world business and professional settings. It’s therefore important to consider how we can use these technologies in ways that foster students’ ability to communicate effectively and use information wisely.

In this session from the Engage 2013 conference, recently presented by Cengage Learning in partnership with SXSWedu, you’ll watch Corinne Hoisington offer a lively and engaging presentation that demonstrates the “Four C’s” of what mobility can bring to the classroom: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration. You’ll also learn about some “free and fabulous” technology that helps students engage in the learning process. As Hoisington notes: “If we can relate some of these new technology skills to everyone, it really changes the game.”

How do you “change it up” in the classroom? What learning opportunities do mobile devices offer to the learning experience you provide to students? Join the conversation! Share your suggestions with us in the comments section below.  

Corinne Hoisington, PhD, is a full-time Professor of Information Systems Technology at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, VA with over 25 years of teaching experience. Corinne travels over 200,000 miles a year speaking to college and university professors and K-12 venues (in over 60 cities this past year), and is the recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Computer Programming. Corinne presently has authored over a dozen books with Cengage Learning and is an expert on today’s hottest technologies.

For additional educational insights and teaching suggestions from Corinne Hoisington, read our recent posts Technology 2013: Everything Just Changed and Engaging Your Learners & Channeling Distractions.