5 Ways to Expand Smartphone Learning

5/18/2012 2:22:00 AM
As I have been using smartphones in my classes, presenting about it, writing about it, and reading about it, I have some concerns.

1. Why limit mobile learning to lower-level drill and kill activities? Spanish teachers can have their students study vocabulary on a topic such as a restaurant via an app. However, they can also use a QR code to show the students a restaurant in Lima Peru and have their students talk about the restaurant.

2. Why limit mobile learning to text-based learning? A common mobile learning activity is to have students use a QR code to go to a web page and read the information. Why not take them to a video or a photo that shows the same learning? Math students can watch a Kahn video instead of reading about the math.

3. Why limit Smartphones to individual activities? Instead of Johnny sitting by himself learning about a country, why not have Johnny and Rosa contrast different pictures of the same country? Johnny has one picture and Rosa a different one.

4. Why limit mobile learning to one small view?
English students can search the Internet on their mobile learning device and find a poem about love but these same students can create QR posters in which they show how the human condition of love shows up in a poem, a song, a movie, and a TV show. They can compare/contrast the various types of love.

5. Why limit Smartphones/tablets to just learning when students can use it to 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. Likewise, they could use an online rubric checklist (Google Doc) to help them assess how well they have written their essay.

How do your students use Smartphone, Tablets or Mobile Learning? Are they limited?

Harry Grover Tuttle teaches English and Spanish college courses at Onondaga Community College and blogs at Education with Technology. He is also the author of several books on formative assessment.
comments powered by Disqus

Insight Education Group Awarded Educator Effectiveness Grant from U.S. Department of Education

Insight will use the funding to support networked improvement communit...

Epson Launches Nine New PowerLite Projectors for K-12 Classrooms

New PowerLite Models Provide Versatile, High-Quality Display Tech...

Infinite Campus Selects itslearning as a Grading Services Partner

October 17, 2017 – Blaine, Minn. – Infinite Campus, the mo...

Calling Teen Filmmakers: Toyota and Discovery Launch Safe Driving PSA Challenge

Learning to drive is an exciting time for a teen. But facts have shown...

ISTE Issues Digital Citizenship Week Challenge

Use New ISTE Resources to Explore What It Means to be a Good Citizen i...

CEV Multimedia Releases CTE Course for Aspiring Teachers

LUBBOCK, Texas (Oct. 16, 2017) – There is no one better equipped...

T&L Partner Post