Kent State researchers empower fifth
graders using smartphone technology.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION,
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
By Iris Harvey
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ho among us would disagree that few adults are
more tech-savvy than a fifth grader? The fact is that
spend most of their waking
hours seven-and-a-half hours
per day using technology,
from smartphones, computers
and television to video games
and social media.
This trend has led many
educators to realize the
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importance of incorporating
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technology into a
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curriculum in ways that make
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subjects like history engaging
and relevant for students. It was this trend that also led to
a unique collaboration between Kent State University, Kent City
Schools and the Kent Historical Society.
In the fall of 2010, a project funded by the National Endowment
for the Humanities at Kent Research Center for Educational
Technology set out to turn fifth graders in Kent, Ohio, into