Yes or no to mobile device in a class:
Using mobile devices in a classroom can seem controversial to many educators.
I agree with no mobile phone policy in a class once it is not needed for a specific activity.
It is very clear that kids nowadays are very attached to their phone – chat options. It is impossible and unnecessary for teacher to compete with mobile devises for attention.
But there are so many good and useful for education features are captured in mobile devices. It is to know what they are and how to use them for various activities with limitation of use to the activity staying on task and have limitation of time so students donor drift away to endless digital world.
The Internet itself is a relatively new and such a powerful for education tool.
We are watching growth of digital citizens generation. And us may be being more of digital immigrants who needs to learn how to use and control the beast of internet in a class in order to bring only good to kids life.
There is an always-negative aspect to be aware besides al the goodness that comes with that new technology:
Globaldigitalcitizen.org discuses the good and evil of net:” We have adapted to Internet presence as a constant, and the idea of its absence seems nearly unimaginable to us. The Internet has allowed us to become true global citizens, both socially and as a workforce. We can now see and track our actions on an international scale; measure our impact on the global environment; we can gauge our social and moral differences and similarities; we can rally together to inspire hope and provide aid for countries dealing with hardships and tragedies. This interconnectedness allows us to see how local or individual efforts can have a global effect. Seeing the impact of the individual in the global community has shown us the great positive potential of the Internet. But, we have also seen that same impact reveal how exposed we can be to scrutiny, to manipulation, to threats to our privacy and security.”
Examples and case for using mobile devices with students for purposes of learning:
Examples of good use mobile devices:
For various activities:
Use Internet search for information, vocabulary, and definitions.
Use camera and video to make projects or document progress
Use communication options to send in information projects to shared online space (Google group)
Use smartphones to stay organized (have a volunteer students receiving reminders for class activities)
The activity will involve use of online mobile map or GPS device.
It is always exiting to do a treasure hunt mostly it is not very important if the treasure are at value but process of seeking and pleasure of finding is a great reward.
I want to use the existing world treasure hunt game www.geocaching.com.
Some kids may be familiar with that some not.
First we go trough short introduction of the game that will involve visit of game website which can be done with help of mobile devices.
We will look at the website and discuss he game.
Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. There are 2,602,234 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide.
There are some cashing around the school so kids will be teamed up to try to locate them.
They will learn use of the mobile map, understanding of GPS coordinates, they will also be provided more clues by teacher so collaborative problem solving will be on. Those who will find treasures will take a pictured to document their success.
Taking in consideration examples above is easy to answer the question “why do you need one or multiple mobile/tablet device(s) in your classroom?”
- to be able to do the variety of activities
- to intensify learning process
- to increase productivity by implementing fun elements
- to teach kids use of mobile devises which are relevant for practical life skills
- to stay organized with help of students or use organizers apps for students and parents
There are of cause some things to check and consider when deciding to use a mobile devises in a lesson.
Important to make sure use of devices stays academic.
Get of the front class and go around the room helping students with their work, all the while overseeing everything to make sure that they’re staying on task.
Making sure that lesson plan is clear and outline-learning objectives will help a lot.
Having a fit back from students using learning checklist can clarify if the use of mobile device was productive towards achieving learning objectives.
Sometimes it can be helpful to let students to use their device for background music listening which can help them to concentrate on particular assignment. If they can do that without disturbing others (by using headphones) , this element of fun can increase their productivity .
One shall not assume that all students have devices or have same knowledge of their features.
While planning particular activity makes sure technical background is covered, may be by letting student check up on each other.
Have a backup plan if some technical difficulties will appear, unstable Internet, dead batteries. (Well having some additional chargers in a class can be good idea to insure that does not happen).
Share your experience with other teachers to receive advice and fit back on use of mobile devise.
Learn about ways of teaching 21st century using technology and specific features of devices to keep o progressing.