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Cell phones and smarthones are seeing an increase in educational applications these days. In general, American consumers are expected to flock to smartphones in record numbers in the coming year. This piece of technology is taking society by storm and schools are joining the party.

For those just starting with smartphones, check out the links below for some helpful resources:

Apps, short for applications, are what really set smartphones apart from regular cell phones. These small portals and tools have revolutionized mobile devices. Below are some guides for the best apps for educators:

Of course, once we accept the use of smartphones in our schools, we have to find classroom applications and methods for getting the most out of these tools. The following links are a great starting point for incorporating mobile devices in your classroom:

  • Teach Paperless suggests that it’s not necessarily the device that’s the issue. Instead, we must consider the context.
  • One Minnesota teacher allows smartphones in his classroom with some success.
  • This Mashable piece discusses how higher education is utilizing mobile technologies, but some of the lessons could easily apply to the communities at primary and secondary schools.
  • Another Mashable post makes the case for why education needs to meet kids where they are digitally.
  • Blackberry has its own site focusing on educational issues and applications.
  • Project K-nect seeks to improve math skills among struggling learners by engaging them through smartphones.
  • Can smartphones make kids smarter? [Education.com]

How have you been able to use smartphones in your classroom? What are your reservations about bringing mobile devices into the schools? What are some great apps you’ve found in your smartphone use?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist and blogger for the eMINTS National Center and an avid iPhone user.