Allowing mobile devices in the classroom is risky business. I found students were constantly sending texts and looking things up on the internet during class time. Taking cell phones away from students is necessary, although an interruption to class discussions. Occasional use of cell phones in the classroom, for the educational purposes, can be fun. However, I somewhat agree with the commenter at the bottom of the article who says, “Sad,,,,the Poll everywhere thing is a joke...a novelty that does ZERO to enhance education.” In order for pollanywhere to be effective in the classroom it would have to be used in a consistent manner over a number of classes. More often than not, however, it is used once, mainly it seems for the purpose of having the students believe that the teacher is hip to the newest technologies. This only goes so far. Gimmicks are fun, but when it comes to real educational value, pollanywhere has its limitations.
In any case, personal digital devices are becoming more and more common, so we are going to be seeing a whole lot more of them being used in the classroom. It is good that there is an active debate over how and when these devices should be allowed.