Mobile Learning

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M3:U5Activity1                                                                                                                      James Green

Mobile Learning

Why should a teacher be prepared to allow or require students to use mobile devices to achieve learning objectives?

Teachers should be prepared to incorporate mobile devices into their instruction because it can be very beneficial as it helps students to achieve learning objectives. First off, it is evident that most students like to use mobile devices in their personal lives. Whether it be a smart phone, tablet, or camera. Most students are well versed in the use of these devices. Incorporating these devices into their school work can enhance their engagement level and enhance their ability to learn. I think teachers should always be thinking about how they could enhance a lesson with a mobile device. For example, say a teacher is teaching a unit on trees. Specifically, how leaves differ on different tree species. The teacher can have students go outside or go on a field trip where different species of trees are present. Students will be asked to take pictures of leaves on a digital camera or smartphone. The goal will be to capture the differences in leaves in the photos they take. At the end of the lesson students will compare and contrast the differences in leaves in their photos. This is an example of adding a twist to a lesson by using a mobile device/s. It gives students a sense of ownership and excitement about a subject. There is also a “real world” element to this. Comparing and contrasting leaves in the real world will stick with students more than just reading about them and looking at pictures in a book. To add onto something mentioned earlier, students feel a strong sense of ownership and pride with mobile devices. “Kids love to personalize and make technology personal”. Another aspect of this activity is that it is fun for students. The combination of getting outside and seeing the trees and leaves in person and taking pictures of them to compare later is unique. I think students tend to remember these kinds of experiences. Another example of a mobile learning activity could be to group students in groups of 3 or 4 and have them film a video about on a tablet. They could brainstorm ideas about creating a screenplay for a simple movie. They could choose writing a short screenplay for a comedy or a drama. They will cast each other in the movie. They will be told they need to have a beginning, middle, and an end. For this activity I don’t think students should be given too much instruction. The goal for this is for students to express their artistic sides in a free flowing environment. Adding the dimension of a tablet for this assignment should pique student interest because filming themselves talking about creating a movie while making a simple video fits hand in hand. This differs from the first activity I mentioned because it’s a group activity. The good thing about this is that students will have a chance to collaborate. I would think some students have more experience than others using mobile devices. They will be able to share information and knowledge about this while working on an activity like this. Once the groups have filmed their videos they could be shown in class. This will be a good opportunity for the teacher to talk about how the groups interacted. It’s also a good chance to for a teacher to give feedback on creating the video itself. What was good about the filming of the video? What could use improvement?

Guiding Principles for Mobile Learning

With the use of mobile devices in the classroom teachers must be very aware about how students are using their devices. It is probably a good idea to have ongoing conversations with students about the ethical use of their devices.

-Stress that integrating mobile devices in school is for enhancing learning. Let students know that playing around on devices won’t be accepted.

-Try to build a culture in the classroom that lives by this. This can create positive peer pressure.

-Try to make sure that using mobile devices to enhance learning will be positive for every student

-Teachers may want to pair students who don’t have much experience with a device with a student who does and is willing to help someone.

-Continually ask for student feedback about mobile devices. Often times they are on the cutting edge

-Mix it up. Try to surprise students with a mobile learning activity. This can keep them on their toes. They may begin to anticipate future opportunities to use mobile devices to enhance learning.

 

Sources:

Digital Citizenship School Program. (2015). Retrieved from https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/digital-citizenship-school-program

Shaping Tech for the Classroom. (2005). Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/adopt-and-adapt-shaping-tech-for-classroom

 

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