About The Author

Name: Rob De Lorenzo, B.A., M.Ed.

Academic Position: Principal with the Toronto Catholic District School Board


Master of Education (Computer Applications) – University of Toronto (OISE/UT);

Bachelor of Education – University of Toronto (OISE/UT); Global Connections

Bachelor of Arts (History & Philosophy) – York University.


Principal (2013-present)

Vice-Principal (2009-2012);

Academic ICT Consultant (2006 -2009);

Classroom teacher (1999-2006);

Why is This Here? This blog is the result of several desires: (1) To investigate the effectiveness of mobile devices on student learning; (2) To discuss issues of importance with regards to the use of mobile technologies in classrooms; (3) To engage in conversation about how to reach students on their level.

Disclaimer: This is my personal blog. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.

  1. Gareth Long says:

    Just to note I have referred to your blog post on my blog.
    An interesting post indeed!

  2. Rob
    I work with Parramatta Catholic Education in Sydney, Australia. I have linked your blog to mine. it’s great work.

  3. mrrobbo says:


    really enjoying your blog, thanks for the various mentions on your site. Im wondering how you went about adding extra tabs to your wordpress blog? I would also like to do somthing similar. Did you have to modify the CSS?

  4. Hi Rob,

    I tried to subscribe to your blog, but Google Reader spits out an error message saying it can’t find the feed. don’t know if the trouble is a my end or yours.


  5. Hi Brad,

    Here is the url for the feed to my blog:


    It seems to work fine for me. Thanks for your interest.

  6. Hello Rob,
    I would love for you to write an article for our newsletter entitled, “The Hub”. We are going to create a wiki in preparation for our summer conference AT4ALL. I have been reading your postings on mobile learning since you posted on Community IT, two years ago, and they are fabulous. The deadline for the submission would be May 15. Please let me know if you are interested.

    Warmest Regards, Marianne Salvo
    Secondary Itinerant Assistive Technology HCDSB

  7. dclemons says:

    Hello Rob thank you for this information – I would like to offer our writing capabilities in the spirit of the future of mobile education. We have release our mobile platform, PushMobileMedia.com and also agree the future is very bright.

    Looking forward to speaking with you.

    David Clemons
    Push Mobile Media

  8. Kathy says:

    I thought you might be interested in my latest project.

    The new year was celebrated by the launch of 121 of our apps in the Apple Store. I would appreciate you passing the word around. Of the 121, eleven are free. All others cost .99. We are uploading leveled readers designed to help children with their reading skills in grades K through 6. Many of our books are used with struggling readers, ESL, and SPED classes. Besides being available in the Apple Store, the books are available both in print and in projectable format for use with interactive whiteboards through our website readinga-z. In addition, they are offered in flash format through raz-kids.com along with a motivational reading program. This helps support a program of true hybrid reading instruction.

    We are looking for a group of teachers to serve on an advisory board who will actually use the apps in their instruction. If you know of any primary school itouch users I would love to know if they would be interested in serving.

    Feel free to download some of the free titles like Frog is Hungry or Maria Counts Pumpkins to get a feel for what we are doing. (just put LAZ reader in the app store search). We will be introducing grades 2- 6 as well as an interactive glossary and mini movies where the words are highlighted as they are read aloud. We’d like to know how students react to each of the book versions and what activities we could create to complement their use in the classroom.

    At any rate, thanks for your time and have a happy new year!

    Kathy Burdick

  9. Kir Figuereo says:

    Please contact me regarding e-learning
    Thank you,

  10. Bill MacKenzie says:

    Hi Rob,
    Love the work you are doing on this blog. Would love to talk about how we can highlight your blog at the ECOO website. Drop me a note when you can.

  11. Hi Rob,

    Just wanted to say that I am glad I found your blog. The information is very helpful. I don’t know if you are interested in how mobile devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch are being used as cognitive prosthetic devices for adolescents and adults with cognitive challenges. I invite you to visit my site if you are interested: http://makingcognitiveconnections.com.

    Keep up the great work!

  12. Chris says:

    I am a second year doctoral student in computer science, emerging media. My research focus for my dissertation is in the mLearning forum. As someone who is obviously well versed in mLearning, what research would you want to see, that has seldom or not been done at all. I am curious as to what portions of the industry need further research as I am ready to begin my dissertation.

    • Thanks for your comment Chris. I’d like to see some research data documenting how mobile devices, and the changes in the resulting teaching practices, leads to an improvement in learning. Many talk about how using mobile devices can lead to improvements in learning but I haven’t seen anything specifically quantifying the improvements.

  13. Dirk Tiu says:

    Hi Rob,

    I came across your blog and I like your article about BYOD. You might wanna check this out. It’s an interesting read. Here the URL: http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/trends/bring-your-own-device-byod-10-reasons-why-its-a-good-idea/.



  14. Hi Rob,
    I came across your blog and I found lots of ideas similar to the ones we are discussing at our Professional Development events. I have only recently started my blog devoted to the issues in private ESL education. We represent the Education and Training Employees Association (ETEA), a branch of the Union of Post Secondary Educators, which connects 7 private ESL schools in Vancouver, Canada. We had an event last year on integrating technology in an ESL classroom but the information is yet to be published on the blog.
    I would like to mention your blog on mine.
    All the best,
    Marina Sokolova

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