Advances in mobile technology are on the cusp of transforming approaches to student learning, according to blogger Tina Barseghian. Schools across the country are launching pilot programs to test the educational impact of devices such as e-readers, tablet computers and mobile phones. "We know from generations of work that devices are catalysts," says Harvard professor Chris Dede, who is researching the issue. "The device never produces learning, but when coupled with changes in content, new forms of assessment, linking people together, that's what enables learning."

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