5 Ways to Expand Smartphone Learning
As I have been reading about the use of smartphones in classes, I have some concerns.
1 Why limit mobile learning to lower-level drill and kill activities? Don’t just use a Spanish app to study
vocabulary. Add a QR code to show the students a restaurant in Lima, Peru.
2 Why limit mobile learning to text-based learning? Use a QR code to go to a Web page and watch a Kahn
video instead of reading about the math.
3 Why limit smartphones to individual activities? Instead of Johnny sitting alone to learn about a
country, have Johnny and Rosa contrast different pictures of the same country.
4 Why limit mobile learning to one small view?
Use a mobile learning device to find a poem about love, then create QR posters that show how “love”
shows up in songs or movies.
5 Why not use smartphones to help students analyze their learning? As students
do various speaking tasks, they record their scores in a Google document
spreadsheet. They can see how well they are progressing at any time.