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technologies impact more thoroughly as they use them.
At this time, we will close this prototype to any new teachers but continue
to support and develop the teachers who are either continuing to explore
or have found evidence of impact of student learning will be moved into
the mobile learning program. In our observations, we did note that the
elementary and middle school divisions experienced the greatest impact
on student learning. The least impact was experienced in the high school
where the laptop provided most of the support for learning. Interestingly, in
many cases, we also observed that the mobile devices had the most impact
in the areas of specialty - such as language learning, the arts and physical
education. In terms of core subject areas or in the higher grades, the mobile
devices did not seem to have the capacity to “further enhance” deeper
learning. These findings resonate with other studies ( Sung, Yao-Ting, Kuo-En Chang, and Tzu-Chien Liu, 2016). However, in our case, our prototypes
helped us to discover on our own what devices best fit our own educational
context. Further, we were able to achieve this, for the most part, using
our own mobile devices or students’ BYO devices, thus assuring greater
personalization of learning and without having to embark on a whole school
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