This chapter examines the role of mobile devices in the classroom, offering a context for reassessing their pedagogical promise. It qualifies discussions of “digital natives” and “learning styles” to account for why teachers struggle to fit third screens (i.e., smartphones) into educational environments. In response, it offers an alternative pedagogy that reimagines smartphones as learning tools. The chapter presents a review of practical tactics and considerations for using third-screen devices in religious studies classrooms of all kinds.

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To get a sense of mobile technology in early 21c. American youth culture, listen to Prologue to “Status Update,” This American Life (ep. 573, November 27, 2015).


Richard Newton, “Third-Screen Teaching: Enhancing Classroom Learning with Mobile Devices,” Teaching Religion Using Technology in Higher Education, ed. John Hilton III (Routledge 2018).