I realized how important this was when I directed students to this website. The first question I heard was, “Is it mobile friendly?” I was briefly taken aback, but quicky realized how important this question was. The personal computer is no longer the preferred computing device for middle-schoolers. The emails I receive from students claim to be sent from iPads, iPhones, and Galaxy phones and tablets. If the goal is to impact student engagement and learning, the product must be accessible and familiar on their device of choice, and that device is probably not a traditional computer any more.
It is important to me that my classroom focuses on the students’ needs, not my own. As a step toward student-centeredness, I’ll start by making sure the resources I offer to students, whenever possible, work on phones or tablets as well as they do on computers