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How Can A Mobile Device Work in the Classroom

How can a Mobile Device work in a classroom?

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As you may notice, our group will have a new post every day this week. (Mon- Fri).


Since we are a community of learners, learning to learn digitally, this would be a good opportunity for sharing specific methods you have used or have read about

Please use the topic to the right for our links, or click here. After viewing the links, please use today’s question for discussion.

What are the most effective ways to use Mobile Devices in the classroom and are there new strategies we could adapt to make them more effective?







11 thoughts on “How can a Mobile Device work in a classroom?

  1. When I was in high school we used mobile devices in the classroom to determine our progress on the current topic that we were learning in math. Each student had their own remote type thing. that we would input our answers that you allow the teacher to see where we all were. We also used mobile devices to look up questions that we had that the teacher didn’t know the answer to.


    Posted by lay33217 | September 23, 2014, 7:55 pm
  2. To me the most effective way that mobile device can be used in the classroom is to take pictures of notes on the board if your teacher goes over content very quickly. Another effective use for mobile devices would be to do a group chat for your classroom. A chat room would be beneficial to the students that are scared to express their opinions in class.


    Posted by lay33217 | September 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
  3. The group chat sounds like an excellent idea. Don’t forget that the TI-nspire or a similar graphing calculator can enable students to immediately see the graph of an equation!!


    Posted by bhorner2 | September 24, 2014, 2:01 am
  4. I can personally attest to the positives that arise out of using cell phones in the class room. Nowadays, with so much information at their fingertips, they can look up info in a fraction of the time that it would take to find it in a traditional text book. As a matter of fact, it has been my observation that students are more likely to complete an assignment (and do so more quickly) if they can use the functions on their phone (Google, calculator etc.) than if they had to use more traditional classroom methods.


    Posted by kblackshear1 | September 24, 2014, 3:00 am
  5. I think mobile devices should be used to foster social responsibility and good digital citizenship. One of the teachers referenced in the second link, indicated that he does not like the way students “thoughtlessly and even belligerently use Twitter.” While I agree with his sentiment, I do not see it as a reason to avoid mobile devices in the classroom. In fact, I see his concern as a learning opportunity. Teachers should model and facilitate positive, productive communication using mobile devices and Web 2.0 tools. Teachers should set standards for this type of communication, and hold their students to it. Teachers should help students establish new rules of civility in the digital world, and mobile devices provide unfettered access for this pursuit.


    Posted by laurabeby | September 24, 2014, 4:48 am
  6. Incorporating technology in the classroom is a great idea in order to maximize retention for the students of the millennial generation. By using BYOD (bring your own device) in the classroom, students would be able to get excited about the lesson more easily. Real-time technology is also a way to peak students’ interests, so a live chat room or any real-time software would be ideal for students.


    Posted by ereynolds8 | September 24, 2014, 11:21 am
  7. One of the most interactive ways I’ve seen a mobile device used in a classroom was for a quiz. The battle was between 2 teams. I was in an adult corporate environment. Our facilitator provided each team with a phone number. Then, on the overhead projector, he posted a question. The answers were multiple choice. Each answer option had a number corresponding to it. The students were to select their answer (individually) and text the corresponding number to the phone number provided to the team. After enough time was given to answer the question, the facilitator displayed a slide showing a bar graph with the teams and the percent of correct and incorrect answers. Then, he went to the next question and we kept going. It was very interactive and kept everyone excited.


    Posted by bluewellyfarm | September 25, 2014, 1:21 am
  8. I think one of the most memorable times that I saw a student use a camera phone to take pictures of a homework assignment off of the board I thought that it was a bit disrespectful. I cannot be sure why but I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I wasn’t used to it. I then saw about three other students follow his lead. I think that one day what a teacher writes on a board will be automatically sent to a students web device so that we can all be linked up. I remember the days when if you just didn’t write fast enough to keep up with what the teacher was saying then it was just, oh well, that is your fault. I think that we are coming to a good place also with video teaching because learners are able to pause, rewind, and fast forward at their own pace.


    Posted by kshepherd2014 | September 27, 2014, 7:12 pm

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